I think it reasonable to separate out the units and see where we are at this early time in the season. Obviously, the defense has much room for improvement. We just CAN'T let every opposing quarterback look like a probowler! INJURIES OK, let's be clear. We have more defensive backs playing with casts than than those who are who are healthy. BODDEN is doing OK. He is doing his job. He doesn't get thrown too often, because of his skills. And YES, he knows enough to hold when he is beaten. This is an important tactic, given the new rules. DOWLING He is now injured, but is much better than anyone could have expected so early in the season. MCCOURTY He is not picking off where he left off. Hopefully, more time will help. I expect that the lack of an off-season hurt him. ARRINGTON He is settling into his utility role, substituting for anyone injured, sometime dime back, sometime rover (following Bush), sometime designated blitzer. He is doing fine. MOLDEN He is our developmental player and STer. I don't expect much from him. He is kind of our Earthwind Moreland. If we need him, he'll play. BOTTOM LINE The improvements in the DL and at OLB/DE were supposed to make this groups much better than 2010. Butler and Wilhite are out. Bodden and Dowling are in. It seems that we should be much better than our production shows.