OK, so presumably we've seen the last of AD. That's a shame in the sense of his potential, but like every other play, when do you give up and move on? I suspect this was the time and these events just catalyzed this decision. SO here we are with a couple guys I would call hybrids (Burgess, Banta-Cain) and a few relatively green LB's (Guyton, Mayo, Woods, Ninkovich) and the cagey ol' vet who still has some good tools in the shop (Seau). I think we might actually be in good shape here. The time to step-up is now for the young guys and the only people they can look up to now are team players. The dildo that was taking up some LB playing time is now out of batteries and they are the official front-lines (not that it affects them all technically, but mentally). Now if I'm remembering right, Woods started to come on nicely last year when we had to start (in AD's place, I think) and before he got injured. I know in many circles we say "well, he's a real good ST'er" but maybe this kind of shuffle in the line-up will bring back those memories and start some momentum on the team. If they pick up the pace and play light's out from here on, this could be our LB corps of the next little while, with the obvious minor tweaks and additions that happen every year. For a guy like Woods and even Guyton, it times to show the NFL you really really belong there. Guyton is well on his way. Let's see about Woods and Ninkovich. I've been really impressed with the clips of TBC's interviews this week and I think he's the new official role-model for these guys, aside of Seau who is in a special class because of the preservationist way he's used on the team. I'm looking for the following guys to step up and possibly be the heroes of SB 43: Woods, Guyton, Green, Ninkovich, Wilhite (to slip in a Db who's close to be being excellent). I'm willing to say I believe in those fellas. I think they're going to bring it hard from here to February if the rest of the team gives them the chance. For those of you who followed the team in the SB years, can you look back and see if the heroes of those teams where the guys you'd have expected when those seasons began? I wasn't watching then, so I wouldn't know.