i was trying to fall asleep lastnight and i started thinking about the glory days back in 1999-2000 and it hit me. we're slowly going back to the days when people feared playing us. those were the days when we controlled the clock with a punishing ground attack and a dual-threat qb. throw on top of that a defense that was willing to hit every offensive player on the field every play. allow me to explain myself a little bit clearer. running game: chris brown is not the future of the running game. dont get me wrong, i like chris brown and have since his days at colorado, but if you cant break tackles and you cant stay healthy, you cant play runningback effectively. having 15 2-3 yard runs with the occasional 15-25 yarder sprinkled in isnt going to cut it. not to mention he is not effective in shot yardage situations. the future of this team's running game is lendale white. i guarantee he will be the starter by week 8. he get's the tough yards and runs with authority. that was a toughness our entire team embrased when eddie george was in his prime. we will truely be a power running team this year. we brought in a TE coach who specializes in run blocking. i think ahrmad hall will unseat troy fleming as the starting FB. he's is supposed to be a punishing lead blocker and helped cedric benson become a top 10 pick. quarterback: i dont know what people are worrying about, vince young is a perfect fit for our offense. a lot of boot legs, roll-outs and sprint-outs. we needed a quarterback who can throw accurately on the move. i hear all of the ESPN analysts talking about tom brady and how he has that "It." vince young has that same "It." they define "It" as being able to lead your team to victory no matter the circumstances. that is what vince young does best. his attitude and confidence are infectous. another thing that really bothered me was when people compared vince to matt leinart before the draft. they would say things like "matt leinart may not have all of the physical tools, but he's a winner." well, vince was pretty damn good at winning himself. matt leinart had one fourth quarter comeback in his entire career at USC(againt Notre Dame) vince had five , including the rose bowl against broadway matt himself. defense: we had no speed on defense last year. our linebackers were slow as molasses and our safeties were slow breaking on the ball. our corners were young and inexperienced, both of whom are said to have made huge strides this offseason. i think the additions of david thornton and chris hope help tremendously in the speed department. i think the added speed will allow us to be much more agressive with the play calling. the thing that has me most worried on defense is the right end spot and strong safety. i thought odom was going to be an absolute beast last season, especially with the way he played in the preseason. something just didnt click with him. travis laboy improved as the season went along and teams had to account for KVB more often. is lamont thompson really best suited for strong safety? i mean, his best display of tackling is pushing people out of bounds to save a touchdown. i think he played his best football back when we had him playing NB during '04. which is saying a lot in terms of how little improvement he's made. we are still working on the defense, and it has yet to be seen how this unit will grow and mature, but the pieces are in place. overall: if you look back at how this team was constructed around steve mcnair when he was young it is very similar to what we're doing now. a strong power running game, good tight ends, no true number one reciever but a solid group who specialize in their own areas and a strong defense. i think the front office used the team of the late 1990's as the blueprint of how to construct this team.