Look at the Cowboys. They aren't that much more talented than they were last year when their defense was horrendous. Obviously they got a new coordinator in there and Garrett doesn't have his hands on his defense, but it shows you don't need top flight talent everywhere to succeed. Defense is suppose to be Riveras bread and better and I would like to think we have more talent on defense than Dallas (obviously their run game helps in terms of defense), yet we can't even be average. Hardy is a great player, but one guy doesn't suddenly make you a bottom 5 defense.
If Rivera had half of brain, he would have realized his defense wasn't that good this year, and stop having so much faith in it.
He keeps thinking 2014 is 2013. And it's obviously not!