I'm still looking for someone to explain Chugger's plan on defense. I'm not crying at all over the loss of Smith and Brock, and I don't necessarily need to see big name players on defense to feel satisfied that the position has been addressed. But let's all remember that we just endured what was probably the worst season in Bandit history, featuring the worst defense in the league that sunk a more respectable 3rd ranked offense. Some of us traveled hours to watch Bandits home games, only to be treated to uninspired blowouts for many of them. Cosmo is definitely no longer elite, but he's good enough in my opinion. The defenders weren't. So what does Chugger do during the offseason? He performs a substantial overhaul of the offense, adding Crawford, Byrne, Fraser, and Durston while shipping out guys like Benesch and Malcolm. This is not unreasonable, given the large gap in offensive production between Buffalo and top-dog, Georgia. But the defense? All we get are a few guys whom the rest of the league cared very little about (Acton, Wagner, etc...) and a defender (Schott) whom teams passed over 19 times during the draft. Chugger hasn't drafted well since the Great Dhane selection many years ago, and virtually none of his acquisitions on defense have performed well so far. Martin, De Snoo, Weiss, etc... are all young, so maybe this year they will make big jumps in improvement. But I'm not holding my breath on this. I seriously doubt the team is - in true Pegula style - intentionally tanking, given the fact that next year's draft is supposed to include multiple expansion franchises. So Chugger must have some sort of big plan for the defense, and my best guess is that it involves a change in scheme and communication despite no apparent change in coaching. So my question to everyone is this: what do you think the scheme change is? And how do the new acquisitions and roster holdovers fit into this? Is it simply a matter of replacing older and slower with younger and faster? What do guy like Acton, Wagner, Schott, De Snoo, Martin, Weiss bring to the table exactly in terms of skill set? I'm trying to get excited about the new season, but I'm having a hard time justifying 8-hour round-trips to watch Bandit games where we are out of it by the second quarter.