Couple of things on last night's game:
-We can talk about how much this defense needs Troy and Harrison; but the guy who matters most is Woodley. He makes a huge difference in playing the run, the pass, all the way around. OLB with the strength to play like a DE and the speed/skill to rush and play the pass. Defense looked completely different when he settled in and got it rolling.
-Harrison is not healthy. Would like to see the scheme get him rushing up the middle or dropping into coverage; and possibly get Wallace rushing off the edge a bit more. I don't believe that Harrison's knee will give him the torque or leverage that he needs to come off the edge. It will be easier for him to play if he doesn't have to take that low-to-the-ground corner. Plus, Wallace's speed is an asset coming from the outside, but his size is a liability when he comes up the middle.
Woodley had himself a game last night. And I agree that this year, our success will depend moreso on him than on Nagging Injury 1 and Nagging Injury 2.
But otherwise, this season, I have not been impressed with Woodley. IMO Ryan Clark has been the best player on the defense, followed closely by Timmons. No one else on the defensive side of the ball deserves consideration for team Defensive MVP.