I completely agree that the win-loss record doesn't mean squat. However, performance of your first does team does matter. Unfortunately, there is no statistically way to confirm this- but suffice it to say that most people agree the performance of first or second team match-ups in pre-season is a way to measure where your team is at. Right now, based on the Denver game, our first and second team defense appears to be right where they were (or worse) than last year. So yes, panic is probably a stronger word than necessary at this juncture, but I am concerned that not enough has been done to improve the defense. I am expecting a MUCH better defense on the field than what we have seen over the past two years. Anything short of that I consider failure.