Depth on the Defense

While the offense tries to find somebody, anybody to play center, the defense is pretty deep. The strongest unit on the team, the defensive line, has a 7 man rotation that doesn't miss a beat. They're just too many defensive linemen to list. The development of Jelani Jenkins and Jordan Tripp, as well as having a veteran like Jason Trusnik, certainly helps the linebacking corps. The 6'5" UDF linebacker Chris McCain out of California seems to be drawing some buzz as well.

The secondary is benefiting from a having a healthy Will Davis and Jamar Taylor. Taylor is in competition with Cortland Finnegan for the second corner spot, though it's likely Finnegan will get the start Game 1. Kevin Coyle singled out guys like Walt Aikins, Michael Thomas and Don Jones as guys he feels "are going to be able to help us," whether as back ups or on special teams. And of course Jimmy Wilson will alternate between nickel and safety. "I think our young corners are really starting to come along," Coyle said.

This is year three of the Kevin Coyle 4-3 defense. I think defensive tackle Earl Mitchell will fit this scheme better than Soliai and moving Koa Misi to play middle linebacker seems to be working so far. Ellerbe goes back to where he had success in Baltimore as the weakside linebacker and Wheeler should be more comfortable year two with the team. Kevin Coyle even went as far as to say, "If you listen and watch our entire group right now, we have had the best communication that we've had since we've been hear."

But as Cam Wake said, "The proof is in the pudding." The defense is going to have to hold it down until the offense figures it out.