I expected that the new defense, along with all the new players, would take awhile to come together. However, I have some concerns even at this early point. 1. The blitz. I thought the big selling point of the 3-4 was that you could blitz from different places to confuse QBs. How come Dallas rarely blitzes anyone besides the OLBers? Dat gets sent on the nickel and has done OK. If James goes, he must be awful. I haven't heard or seen a thing from him all season. The blitz schemes just don't seem very innovative, creative or effective. Maybe that is something that improves as the team becomes more comfortable. This leads me to.... 2. Zimmer. I know its fashionable to bash him. Heck, he gets bashed about the 3-4 and even the 4-3 cover 2 (even though he hasn't run it yet, people still seem to think he is...). I'll say this though. Parcells handed offensive play calling duties to Payton. He dictated that Zimmer change to the 3-4, a defense he is unfamiliar with. Parcells is supposed to be this 3-4 wizard.....so why isn't he helping Zimmer out? In my opinion, any defensive blame has to be just as much of Parcells fault as Zimmers. I am not impressed with the things that either are doing. Is it just a matter of young guys picking things up before they open it up more? I hope so. 3. I have no doubts that the defensive talent is better this year than last. The results compared to last year? Same record. More yards allowed, more points allowed. 1 more sack and 2 more interceptions. 4. The linebackers. Other than Dat and occasionally Ware, none of these guys have performed worth a lick. James does nothing out there. At least he is not responsible for several long TD runs yet...maybe he is improving. At this rate, he'll be a Pro Bowler when he is 42. For a scheme that emphasizes LBers, don't you think the team should have a few more? Whats wrong with Shanle? He makes the occasional play on the nickel. Seems to have a nose for the ball. What is his major deficiency that keeps him off the field? 5. The DL. I love the depth. I love the fact that the team has basically two 3 man fronts that would probably both start for many 3-4 teams. I don't like sitting playmakers and talent on the bench though. 6. Overall, I like a lot of the young talent on the team. I like the FA additions. I realize it is going to take time to gel. I don't like the results so far though. A good defense shouldn't let the San Franciscos of the world put 31 up on them.