Re: The defense, besides the d-line
IMO, the back 7 is going to take a small step back this year. They're lighter but quicker. We may yield a few more PPG this year and, considering our losses, I think that's understandable. But I feel the offense will more than make up for it.
Also, given all the youngsters that played--and will play--it bodes well for our future, assuming we evaluated them well.