I've read enough on the Interblogwebs about how precarious our defensive situation is going to be this fall. Heck, GBMW even answered a "mailbag" question this morning by claiming he's more concerned about the 2009 defense than he was, with the benefit of hindsight, about the 2008 offense. An offense with, uh, 1 returning starter and zero QB's with relevant playing time or Rich Rod styled spread experience.
So........if we were to look at what would be a predicted first-team defense, I would hypothesize it as:
Graham Martin Van Bergen (Campbell, Banks and Sagesse backing up)
S. Brown Ezeh Mouton Fitzgerald (Brandon Smith, Marell Evans and Herron as backups)
Cissoko M. Williams Emilien Warren (Woolfolk and JT Turner in there too)
If this first-team unit is given the proper rest on the sidelines by the offense (and doesn't have to suffer 50 3 and outs this year), the offense eats up lots of clock with a successful running game, and the team wins the field position battle with its All American punter, I ask the blogosphere:
Isn't that first-team defense good enough to get us to 8-9 wins?