I feel great about this year.
1. Cam entering 3rd year
2. No expectations - always when we have success
3. We have been a play away from under Rivera from being 10 win teams...Cam gets us over now (especially since he has been forgotten)
I'm in the same boat as you. Rivera made a group with some serious holes into a top 10 unit on the defensive side. He's built great defenses in the past, and he obviously knows what he's doing in that regard.
I'm a little concerned about Shula, but I have enough faith in Cam's athletic ability to mask those concerns, at least in the short-term.
I really think that we are justified in being optimistic heading into this season, but time will tell. I've felt that way before, only to be doused with some icy-cold water in the end.