Well first off, we should point out that since Vick came into the league he blistered the kitties just about every time, except last yr. Since then, they've tried to build their D in the mold of having enough speed/playmakers to slow down uber Vick. Obviously they've got a good front office with the way their D's consistently played and upgraded over time. Then the coaching backs up with their consistency on the play side.
Coaching - I'd agree, edge to Car, but simply for consistency. I don't think theres any edge over the long haul (ie. they've got a bill belicheck mastermind on their staff). If anything we've got the biggest "name" in Gibbs. However, obviously Mora's gotta prove two years ago wasn't a fluke.
Passing - I'd agree with Car here too. However, with Vick/Roddy/Jenk/Crump, I def like our upside better. Seattle gave everyone the blueprint for stopping Smith, and I'm not as sold on the aging/underacheiving Johnson as everyone else seems to be. Vick's already doing what he needs to do to get better rapport with the WR's. Plus we've all be told 100x that the WCO, or our version, takes years to learn, let alone master. If he can really figure out when to run, when to pass, then theres no greater pressure you can put on a D. If he figures it out, then I don't see how we can't get to a SB soon.
Runstopping - Obviously not us after last year, but look at the D improvements. I like our playmakers and future better than theres.
Passtopping - see runstopping
SpecTeams - We dipped last year, when we were all world the year before. I can't imagine DeCam would let this go unchecked again this yr. What I'd love to see is DeLo on punt returns, cause he would be about as dangerous back there as it gets, but I don't think the staff this it's worth the risk. I'd expect this to be more like two years ago now, instead of last year.
Only stmt I thought was crazy was this one...
Chris Gamble is not that far off behind DeAngelo Hall in terms of ability. IN fact, Gambel may in fact be more athletic than Hall is if that's at all humanly possible.
To sum it up, I see your point Pudge. Carolina's been the more consistent/proven commodity to this point. However, I just don't see why we wouldn't be able to match up or beat them this yr, or in the future. Even if they are ahead on some of those categories, it's not like we're not close, or have the potential to be better. So instead of worrying, I chose to be optomistic that the moves we've made can help us move past them.