Originally Posted by TriplecHamp
Ive come to peace with the fact that we could easily be 1 and done. I really hope next season we have a faster more athletic defense.
I did some counting up last week, and came to the conclusion that, of the 30 or so defensive players you have in camp, who you actually think could play next year (i.e. not just camp bodies), there should only be 13 back from this current team.
That means you need to find, in free agency and the draft, 17 defensive players who you genuinely think could play on D next year.
Of those 17, in order to have a simply "league average" defense, you need to find 6 new starters (2 CB's, 1 S, 2 LB's, 1 DL) who are "league average"
The chances of that happening are somewhere in the 5-10% range, (you'll maybe find 1 league average rookie starter from the draft, if you're lucky, and we're not going to spend $80m on D in free agency to get the other 5 players) so, in reality, this defense is going to be bad for at least another 12 months.
Oh, and we're one and done in the playoffs this year