That awful game in February, the draft, FA signings and preseason have all raised interesting questions that we're about to see start geting answered... 1. Was Feb's and pre-season's OL performance an anomaly or a portent of things to come? .....I'd guess that the OL was not as good as hyped by all the Pro-Bowl selections nor as bad as shown lately with the revolving (unfortunately literally) cast of characters. 2. Is the Pats vaunted D a ghost of the past with its aged stars? .....Can the rooks re-invigorate the D and will it improve towards late season as all the better BB defenses did? I think that the development of the rooks will facilitate the latter. 3. Is the 2008 draft class/UDFAs as good as it looked to many in pre-season? .....I'm optimistic but the kids are now facing NFL starters, not wannabees 4. Is Brady's current health and mobility an issue? ..... I'm taking this week's non-listing on the injury report as near factual 5. Can the defensive backfield be effective having lost 2 significant players? .....THE bigest question in my mind. Bryant's failure and the last minute signing of O'Neil whose last couple seasons have not been notable hardly inspires confidence. I expect Pees, Capers and BB to scheme heavily the 1st 4 games to ease pressure off the corners. 6. Will the 2008 FA crop Lamont Jordan, Lewis Sanders, Deltha O'Neill et. al. contribute? .....Big names Hobson & Bryant already cut. Most of the UFA linepersons are cut, IRed or PUPed. ..... Lamont should have an opportunity to answer HIS question Sunday I don't think that game one barring unexpected disaster will answer much. KC should not be a challenge to even a weak defensive backfield. I would expect we'd have a good line on this team's growth and vulnerabilities by week 9, mid season.