why would i expect improvement....our 4 worst players are all in contract years for the most part....Will Smith, Roman Harper, Malcom Jenkins, Patrick Robinson. Which means even for fatty we should expect their best if for nothing else their own interests.
Competition...none of these players are entirely guaranteed playing time with a new coordinator and backups pushing for playing time...Smith/Hicks, Robinson/Lewis, and Harper/Jenkins/Vaccaro/Quddous....if they dont perform they wont play...at least not for long
Health/Availablity...Hawthorne and Vilma being able to start if necessary for a whole season or just being available improves our defense
Scheme - our switch puts two of our best players on the field at all times as oppose to just in situations....Wilson/Galette/and Butler are an upgrade in any way over Shanle/Ellis/or whomever was in this spot a year ago from a 4-3 alignment.
Rob Ryan DC being led by Peyton IMO beats....Spags being led by Kromer...then Vitt...
I think its not that unrealistic to think in certain ways our defense is vastly improved from last year...worst case scenario it wont be any worse.
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