We are also substantially less deep at almost every position on the defense than last year. Our quality depth is pretty bad. That was my biggest concern with our current defensive roster, not the quality of the the starters(although there are some questions) but the quality of the depth. Right now, we have a lot of guys that are PS quality that are currently going to be in our two deep. That doesn't bode well for us on that side of the ball.
We kind of have to expect that with the massive amount of dead cap and the free spending in free agency that we did. It's going to take time and money to build up that quality depth again.
Our defense last year wasn't that talented. Luke was on his last legs, Short was out with injury, and Bradberry while solid, couldn't do it all. This years group has a chance to be better, in part because they would be hard pressed to be worse.