I know that typically teams play very vanilla scheme-wise in pre-season, but if we see consistent pressure from multiple sources throughout the pre-season, that will be enough for me to be optimistic that they should show marked improvement in regular season when Pettine implements scheme.
I'm excited about this year too. Not to win it all, but to see our defense brought up to a level somewhat similar of that which the Steelers employ. When you watch them play, you see guys flying around the field, making things happen. Have we got the guys to do that? I don't know, but it's going to be a heck of a ride watching them get there.... if they can.i know we've had several people on the forum telling us over and over that we shouldn't expect too much because this is a multi-year fix, but i'm excited about the defense. of course i have to temper my enthusiasm because it is based on all these exciting new players actually playing. i just hope we can keep the injuries in check.