After all the off season talk about RW and Norv helping the Fins put up some points and keep their defense off the feild I would assume no one is happier that it actully materialized in game 1 than the defense. For the last 2 years our defense has had the burden of needing to bring their A+ game to every battle for the their team to even have a shot at winning. For the most part they came up huge and are the main reason that this team has won 22 games in the past 2 seasons. Obviously a team has to have balance to be great. You can't have a great team atmosphere if one side of the ball is carrying the other. How much do you think Zach Thomas would want to hang out with Jay Feidler after a 3 int game that forced him to be on the feild 40 mins, or how much would Jay Taylor want to hang out with Lamar Smith after he averaged 2.8 yards a carry and forced so many 3 and outs? Well that doesn't matter anymore! It apears the Ricky and Norv era has begun, and the offense looks as though they will atleast hold their own, but more than likely will bail the defense out a couple times thru the course of season. I think i can speak for every player and fan when i say "It is about time!"