So far we're 4-1 in 2008, a fast start and definitely a good thing. Last year we started out pretty good and then went to crap when all the injuries started, the OL's weakness shining through, Troy wasn't playing well, and the defense not getting off the field on the 3rd down, poor play calling at the wrong times, etc.
Last year many of us were calling for Troy's head, the line needing a change, better backup for Willie, secondary letdowns all over the place, Aaron Smith being out, you name it...Now this year we are essentially the same team with a few key additions like Hartwig, Moore, Timmons getting more playing time, Troy being healthy, Stapleton getting inserted into the lineup due to injury but mainly the fact that we are healthy right now. Our 2008 draft picks have done virtually nothing for us this year and that probably won't change unless Sweed starts seeing the field and event then it will be limited action.
The surprise for me has to be the solid play of the DL considering Keisel and Hampton both being out. Travis is playing well and getting good pentration, the addition of Roye back on the team is huge and Hoke is still being as solid as ever.
To me it's just interesting to see that just a few tweaks here and there get this team right back in contention and in the upper echelon of the NFL. It's a long season but the pieces are in place if we can stay healthy.