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Success will be determined by Takeaways

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I agree that turnovers will be a major emphasis this year but I am not yet convinced we won't be able to stop teams either. It is way too early for accurate predictions.

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You can look at the Saints** Super Bowl run and determine it was because of two things. a good offense and an opportunistic defense.

Got to face the music. Despite our best efforts our defense is going to be mediocre this year. Our corners are going to have to step up and take the ball away plain and simple if we want any chance at a super bowl run this year. Hogan, capt. and company are going to have to nut up

You can throw in GB also. NE is notorious for winning the turnover battle. Works for those two examples. So it should work for us? Right? Win the turnover battle, and teams will find it difficult to keep up with our O.

I am not so sure I am willing to settle for mediocre as my benchmark. I actually see room for growth, and I see some talent in the young guys. I say we break the top 20 this year for our D. With a shot at middle of the pack. Which with our O, could have us sniffing the playoffs.

So I say, if we can limit our mistakes, and win the turnover battle, we very well could be a dangerous team.

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I just hope Beason can get healthy. It will be very interesting to see two top tier LBs playing coverage and run for that matter.

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I agree that turnovers will be a major emphasis this year but I am not yet convinced we won't be able to stop teams either. It is way too early for accurate predictions.

Just with our secondary and lack of pass rush...what leads you to believe this defense will force punts on a regular basis?

(serious question. No attitude from me. I feel like I have to explain that because everything turns into a pissing match on here)

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Norman & Kuechly are both big-time ballhawks. If Norman can win the starting spot that's two guys who are going to probably get 7-8 picks between them at least. Plus, Beason is good for 3 at least. That's at least 10 turnovers better than last season just off those 3 players alone.

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For those expecting to see Hogan this week, you will likely be disappointed.

He's not going to play without at least several days of full speed practice.

At this point, I just hope to see him at some point during preseason.

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I just don't see this defense forcing punts on a consistent basis. I don't see this unit coming up with stone cold 3 and outs very often. I believe that if we are gonna make a run this year the defense has got to force turnovers. I know this can be said about any team (of course you need turnovers)....but in regards to our squad....I think it's the one thing that will push us to the next level. If we find ways to get our offense and Cam back on the field we will ok. But if our D gets taken for a ride up and down the field again this year...then it may be another 2011 type year. Offense balls out...defense sucks...miss playoffs.

My Point - Takeaways = playoffs

one pre season game, and ya already know our defense sucks?

Why even play defense then.

Keep our offensive play makers on the field all game long!!

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one pre season game, and ya already know our defense sucks?

Why even play defense then.

Keep our offensive play makers on the field all game long!!

How bout you contribute to the topic instead of being a typical squid dick on the huddle.

Did I mention anything about the preseason game? No...I questioned whether or not we can force punts. And I said our team success relies on getting turnovers...so our Offense can do their thing with more opportunities

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I really hope they can shut down this Miami offense, they are a much lower class than the Houston one we just played. And the first team D still had a decent showing

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Captain and the safety positions are big time liabilities. But hopefully our LBs can make things happen

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