DB- At cornerback, there was strength in numbers, Powers is solid, but hasn't taken his game up a notch-consistently, Davis played well, he has the skill set to be an elite CB, but......Butler was very impressive, when given a chance, Vaughn, is decent and Gordy adds quality depth
At safety Bethea, as always, is a very good and under-appreciated player, Zbikowski, had some good games, but I expected more from a guy who has played in this defense before, Lefeged, is a quality backup and one of the best special team players
next year: In today's NFL (passing league) you better be deep at CB, if you expect to compete, Powers, Butler, Vaughn and Gordy are all free agents, I would expect all to be back, at the right price, but most likely, they won't all be back, shutdown corners are hard to find and a luxury, but any time a team can get one, it increases the quality of the overall defense...bigtime! CB is not a major need area, but teams are always trying to add talent and upgrade that position. At safety, there needs to be some upgrading, with another top level starter and more depth.
special teams: as I mentioned frequently, weren't all that special, wasn't surprised to see the coach move on, this unit has been an ongoing problem area for years, I like what I have heard about the new coach and hopefully, this guy can make a difference. The coverage units were decent, which in itself, is an upgrade, the return game, for the most part, was non existent. The kicking game was up and down, more up, than down, but more consistency is needed, McAfee and Adam, are 2 of the leagues best, when they are on their game
next year: more players with return skills will be brought in, in hope to find someone dynamic, more players with athletic ability and coverage experience are always on the list of needs, McAfee is a free agent and Adam is will be 41 and entering year #18, they are not locks to be back, but the odds are better, that they will be,than not.