Originally posted by Joecool:
They keep talking about our defense but defenses don't repeat what our defense did. We missed a prime opportunity to win a SB last season. The big if is whether or not our Offense can take the next step and make up for any drop-off of stuff that can't be game planned for such as turnovers.
I think they can can match what they did, great defenses (and offenses) usually lose several pieces in free agency after a great year. But not this time, everyone is back and several young players will be older and better such as Bowman, Aldon, Culliver and Goldson. I think Brown and McDonald all improve as well in their 2nd full year starting. I do worry about Rogers dropping off in performance however.
With greater familiarity and a full offseason, they also get to implement the entire defensive playbook which they weren't able to do last year. I see no reason why the run defense will not be as good as last year, and I expect to see an improvement in pass defense unless Rogers' age catches up with him.