I understand a lot of peoples points of view on the condition of our football team after watching this years preseason football. The running game is a concern, the pass rush is a concern, the run D is a concern, and our secondary is a concern. The running game is not as bad as everyone is making it out. First, forget Green, with his newly restructured contract, even when he does play he is not going to run hard so he can stay healthy. All he has to do is show up and suit up and he gets paid. I do think we are going to see a lot of Taylor and Slaton. More Taylor at first and Slaton will finish the year. At least this is what my magic eight ball told me. Slaton is a little DD with cartilage and more speed. I am expecting big things out of him this year. The pass rush might not be as bad as everyone is thinking. Remember it was just preseason. You don't come out in your full defensive packages and start running stunts and exotic blitzes. You just don't, no team does. Look at Schaub and Sage, they didn't get sacked either. And to further prove my point about preseason pass rush Mario and Amobi didn't get a single sack last year either and both of them turned out just fine. Our secondary, what can I say? Its young. Period. And missing its leader. You don't replace a player like DRob. They don't make his kind very often. And when they are made the mold gets broken. Reeves will be fine and after DRob comes back he will move to the #3 CB. Molden has been hurt and is behind and this is the first year Bennett will be a full time starter and having to take up the #1 CB mantel. Thats a lot to ask a second year player. Just ask DRob when it happened to him. CC seemed to be playing at a higher level and Demps is another one of a kind player. Our run D scares the hell out of me though. TJ and AO both suck at playing the run. They get pushed around and can't keep linemen off Ryans. Greenwood is crap and Diles is unproven. We will have a high powered offense but I fear they won't be able to get on the field b/c teams are going to run all over us. With that in mind I don't think we have a chance in Hell in beating Pitt this weekend. I think they will just keep hitting us with Parker and Mendenhall and lull us to sleep and once that happens Big Ben will burn Reeves for a TD with Ward, or Holmes, or the Sweed. Year two of Kubiak and Smith (three for kubiak but he was with Cass his first) has proven to be a successful thus far. Starting from scratch on the defensive side of the ball and now only missing a RB on the offensive side, we have come along way in a short amount of time. One more good draft and it will be the Texans at the top of the division year after year. At least this year we will be competitive.