Our pass rush looks like it has improved with Williams in there at nose. We got a glimpse of goaline defense when the chiefs went for it on 4th down. Looks like Dorsey and willams will both be in at the same time. That should be scary for other offenses. So much so that I wouldn't try to run much down inside the 5. There are no signs pointing to us getting worse on run defense. On paper our corners look solid. We have 6 that could start on other teams but only 2 that can play ST. So I wonder if we cut one of the 4 to keep another ST player. Just imagine how rediculous it would be to see a dime package with namdi and wright on the outside and Rodgers and brown on the slots. Unfair in my opinion especially with our pass rush. With all that being said I don't think that we will be #1 because of our safeties. We should have a decrease in personal foul penalties with Goldson gone but we may have and increase in missed assignments and on taking the bait that veteran WRs throw at Reid. Also, whitner is a real liability in coverage. At the end of the season it seemed like every 3rd down or goaline situation the other team would successfully throw to the guy he was covering. Not to mention, he has to have lead the league in dropped INTs last year. #1 defenses usually dominate in 3rd downs, goaline, and turnovers which will always be a question mark with Whitner in there. The problem is we can't even pull him on obvious passing situations because of Reid's inexperience.
Top 5 guaranteed, not #1 unless we get incredibly lucky.
[ Edited by flynhayn15 on Aug 18, 2013 at 11:09 AM ]