When they first drafted Kam Chancellor, and I saw who he was, and his measurable, I was excited. Not because I knew he'd be as good as he was, but he had this character one could feel, a drive and a fearlessness that was spooky.
When he first started getting real reps on the field, he was actually pretty decent, not a liablility, and he improved so quickly. And at the time I said "I think Kam's going to be great, but if it were any other Coach, he may have never gotten the chance to be great."
By that time, I think most fans that paid attention were excited about him. You could just feel it building. And later we learned that Earl depended on Kam for the game plan when Kam held out. E.T. admitted as much.
I haven't seen enough of Blair to get a feel for him one way or another, but I believe that he has what it takes to be really good. But he'll never be Kam, no one ever will be.
IMHO, Kam Chancellor is a HOF DB that made more of a mark on the game than most. He was the *BOOM* in the LOB, and made them who they were. Again, MHO, but I don't think that Sherm and Earl would have been as good as they were without Kam out there being the Enforcer.
The most important part of the defense this year is going to be the DBs. Per Dave Wyman, last year opposing teams got the ball out quick, never allowing the defensive linemen to get anywhere near the QB. I agree with him on that, so if the DBs vastly improve this year, with or without Clowney, our total sacks with be more than 40.
My reasoning? Look at how many sacks Russell Wilson takes. Why? Because the ball doesn't get out quick enough.
I'm trusting Pete on these DBs. He's going to put together a great squad. But if, and only if, he plays the young guys. They need reps. That's what got it done for Kam.