Not all of us think the talent has always been poor/inexperienced, because some of us didn't exactly have huge problems with the way the defense performed in '02 (especially with some new blood at S getting more settled as the year went on) and '03. But this was the starting lineup on opening day in '02: Kevin Carter, John Thornton, Henry Ford (later replaced by Haynesworth), Jevon Kearse (later replaced by Carlos Hall), Peter Sirmon, Randall Godfrey, Keith Bulluck, Andre Dyson, Samari Rolle, Tank Williams, Lance Schulters. In '03, Thornton was replaced by Robaire Smith and Godfrey by Rocky Calmus (once he was healthy after the preseason hamstring, with Brad Kassell the backup). Since '03, they've lost over 60% of their preferred starting lineup. Two of the remaining four starters have since suffered torn ACLs. Just since 2003. I don't know how people expect them to maintain/get better when they are constantly having to look almost exclusively to the draft (because they didn't have much/any money to spend elsewhere) not just to add depth, but to rebuild the majority of their starting lineup all over again as well as find backups for the guys who get hurt. Overcoming that kind of roster turnover at the top of the depth chart takes a little time. It's as much the experience that walks out the door as the physical talent. There hasn't been a lot of continuity to allow guys to grow up together. But theoretically, the pendulum should swing back some now, where they won't have to watch guys they like walk away because they can't afford them. Rogers started the last three preseason games but did not start for the first few weeks of the season, after Harris got hurt. I think Rogers has played very well. I just don't think Williams is comfortable throwing rookies out there on opening day. He likes to ease them in. He didn't start Sean Taylor on opening day of his rookie season, either. And these guys were top 10 picks, drafted for a reason. Williams does not relish throwing rookies out there, especially in the back seven.