Seems to be the thing lately, so some random thoughts about the defense. It's not awful. With Brady and Co. marching down the field a lot in the no huddle the defense is 13th out of 32 in scoring. That's mediocre. The number of yards don't matter at all, especially with our superior scoring, unless you are playing your own version where you get points for the most yards without scoring. [The Red Sox used to play a version of this; most men on base without scoring runs, but only in my own frustrated mind.] Spikes is screwy, Nincovich stinks, Cunningham is a bust. Guess they're looking a bit better with time. That's really the rule, not the exception. Defenses are about learning and chemistry. We looked at a ton of low round and FA DLs and got one keeper. That's patience. Maybe Brace is a bust, but nobody's giving away 300++ pound linemen who can play. Maybe it's injuries, but if not you can more easily cut him than find a replacement. I think our front seven needs depth, which is better than needing talent, which i think we have. Our secondary just can't put together a group of healthy well functioning players at the same time. I wonder if Chung's got a chronic shoulder issue. If not, we've got the talent we've got, which isn't bad if Talib is a positive. By not bad, I don't mean their function right now, they aren't good. I think the size of our linebackers means we'd rather pull them more, or help them in passing situations, but our safeties are different each week. Looking glass half full (Chung and Gregory being healthy) we have a good three safety rotation with some talent at CB and Moore on the PS if needed. Before you jump all over me, that's the best we can expect, we already paid for a troubled vet, I doubt there are more moves. Barring health, we'll have to patch. we've won a SB with a patched backfield. I don't see how coaching has much to do with it, how do you coach guys who aren't healthy at the same time, or playing out of position? I do think they might simplify the "game plan" defensive approach to give these guys some continuity since we'll be lucky to have our prospective starting lineup playing more than a few games together.