Seems like most opposing teams fans think that we are weaker with the departures of Lenny Walls, Barrin Simpson, Shabazz ETC.
What most people are basing this on is total tackles which can and is very misleading, sure Shabazz and Simpson had 70-85 tackles each last year repectively. Point is When the opposing teams call a running play or throw a short pass, it is usually the linebacker's that get first shot at tackling if they breaK the DLINE, with very few exceptions LB'S will usually lead the league in tackles due to this. Sure Simpson and Shabazz had high tackle totals, but so did Lobedahn (54 Tackles) in minimal action, Ike Charlton had 72 tackles (and he is not the fastest, also played injured often), Craver had 50+ tackles playing DB often. Any player that knows how to tackle playing LB and DB will get a high number of tackles and any player is capable of playing just as good, if not better than a Simpson or Shabazz.
Fact is these guys are not that hard to replace and saying The Bomber's are going to be crap due to the departures is totally bogus, i am almost 100% positive that we already have great replacements for these guys already on our roster, I think we have most likely improved at these positions. Until other teams fans can base there opinions that we will suck with REAL facts and not just stats, they are horribly mistaken.