Re: NT Concern...
Last year our running defense was strong. I believe someone used the Patriots playoff game as an example. The thing with that example is the same thing folks have been saying for a while. Wade pulls his NT's out quite a lot against spread teams. In fact, our NT's didn't even start that game which tells you Wade's mindset against spreads. Generally it is Smith and Watt more inside and the OLB's on the edges with a ILB and safety pulled up. NT on the sideline. We started that game with 3 safeties (and may Keo never see the field again).
Most of the season Mitchell played more than Cody so what is there really to base concern about? Were we worried about the run defense last year? No. It was folks passing the ball on us like crazy. When some runs opened up for the opposition it was against the spread which once again, the NT is generally not on the field. So if there any concerns it would be with Wade's philosophy and how he deals with the spread. But then again that is why we drafted Swearinger so the issue wasn't actually ignored by the FO or coaching staff.
Oh and Corrosion you are forgetting one more DE probably because he spent most of the year hurt but Jamison is still on roster (unless I missed something) and signed an extension in September so they have depth there if Crick bounces around like last year.