Re: What would be your definition of a successful season?
I get the skepticism with the defense but I'm not writing them off yet. I mean the linebackers should be good, the safeties should be good, and I really think this D line may perform just as well as last years. JD had a hard time last year because of double and triple teams and that allowed some other guys opportunities. I think we the 3-4 mixed in we will have a good front and get plenty of pressure on the QB.
My biggest concerns with the defense will be stopping the run and how the young corners come along. However, the first three challenge the DBs will face(A&M, UGA, and Mizzou) all come in the first month of the season and all come at home. I think QB pressure and the WB crowd will help slow down those offenses enough to help out the young corners. And by the time they get a road challenge at Auburn they will have all had a good amount of game experience.
The game that scares me the most is UGA because of my previously mentioned concerns regarding the run defense. With it being so early in the season, UGA is really going to be the first time we get a chance to see a running attack. By the end of the Georgia game we should be able to make a much more education and accurate prediction of the remainder of the season.