If there is one thing Popp has, is an eye for talent. Did anyone hear of Keith Stokes or Ezra Landry before they came into an Als uniform? I didn't and they became some of the league's most exciting players.
Duane Butler, I would be upset to see him go. He didn't have a solid year, but is that enough to let him go, after his previous solid seasons with the club?
The Linebackers will be solid this year, in fact the whole Defence should be solid, they were last year, except our Defensive Scheme was pretty pathetic in my opinion. Way too predictable, the DBs were always playing the deep zone, and the LB were always blitzing, leaving the mid field wide open, and we've saw it many times where the opposing Offence dumped the ball 6 or 7 yards in the middle to the receivers, and that generated big gains.
On another note, one thing that really frustrated me, was the DBs not looking at the ball. They covered their men excellent, but when the ball is in the air, and you see your Receiver looking up and getting ready, that means the ball is in the air, thats when you let your man go and focus on the ball. They didn't do that, and were beat often.
Through my eyes, that's what was wrong with the Defence, not the talent of the players. But with the acquisitions of Cheatwood and Grace, this Defence just got better.