I am going to be the first one to say this, and anyone who would like to can bookmark this and remind me of it whenever you want. THE DEFENSE WILL BE BETTER THAN IT WAS LAST YEAR. I also expect that we will break the team record for fewest points allowed, which we have hovered close to breaking in many of BBs years. We have gotten faster, and younger. We have added Mayo, Wheatley, Sanders, ONeal, Wilhite, Crable. What have we subracted? Seau. In his prime thats a loss, at this stage of his career, it is not. Samuel. OK, we lost a starter. Colvin. Not really a loss since we didn't have him at the end, and were better with Thomas outside. Gay. I do not believe that a player could make our roster who would perform worse than Randal Gay did in the SB. I see improvement, I see more speed, I see a healthy Seymour, a better group of LBs including depth, I see Meriwhether upgrading speed and play at safety with a much larger role, and I see 2 strong rookies, PLUS 2 experienced vets to fill the role of Asante Samuel in playing TEAM DEFENSE. If we think losing just one player can have the impact on this defense that it may have on another, then we have totally missed the point that BB builds an entire system around playing team defense, with less impact, good or bad, possible from any one player.