Mike: I’m probably in the minority, but I didn’t think the defense was as bad as most did.
Was it great? Nope. You don’t lose 9 games if you have great defense. It was a heck of a lot better than the offense though.
The author of this particular article kind of ignored the TOP, turnovers and the red zone scoring. Those three things were just crippling to the defense and really had little to do with the defense as a whole.
Long story short, it won’t take that much improvement out of the offense to make the defense look better. That’s regardless of whether the defense actually does improve, which I think it will due to depth.