Our only hope on defense is that the switch to a 1 gap, attacking alignment fits the talent we have better than the 2 gap read and react d we have been running with the exception of a stretch of games in 2011 and another stretch last year.
I am actually excited to see this defense coming into it's own with Houston and Hali rushing the passer on most downs instead of dropping into coverage...I can see Houston having a 15+ sack season.
It all hinges on a few factors...
Smith/Robinson holding up in coverage
The DL being able to create some push
Someone emerging as the starting safety opposite Berry
The offense being able to sustain drives enough to give the defense time to stay fresh and make adjustments
Those things work out well for us, we might be in for some fun.