Just want to gauge everyones opinions on where they think our defense stands right now. In my personal opinion I think they will have a top 10 total and scoring defense in as soon as 2 years and here is why I think so. The biggest issue in my opinion is the line. McClendon and Heyward will be the only starters returning with experience and the loss of Al Woods hurts a lot. I think next years draft will focus a lot on the defensive line and they could also look to free agency. The next level is the linebackers. Lawrence Timmons has proven himself to be a top tier linebacker. Jason Worilds is only going to get better after a very promising campaign in 2013. The biggest questions here are jarvjs jones and the spot next to timmons. Are Jarvis Jones and Vince Williams the answers? I believe they can be but of the 2 the pressure is on Jarvis more than Williams who actually played fairly well this year at least well enough to make foote expendable. I believe our secondary of the future will be set after this year. The steelers believe mike mitchell and shamarko thomas will be able to patrol the secondary once polamalu steps down based on the investments they have made the last 2 years. Almost everyone thinks they will take 2 CBs in the draft this year and Cortez Allen appears to be a solid corner and gay has been quietly doing a nice job in the slot. You gotta figure whatever corners they take this year along with mitchell allen and gay they should be set going going forward.
So what do you think? Can they be in the top 10 in as little as 2 years or will they be around where they are now? In my eyes I believe that a top 10 scoring and total defense is achievable by 2016