I think most of us felt good about the d-line even though nationally the experts always mentioned we really didn't have any returning starters and it could be an area of concern. I'm happy with the D line, they look even better when you compare them with the struggling units behind them, BUT after hearing Urban and others saying how unblockable Spence and Washington were in spring and pre-season practices I really thought we would sack and hurry the QB's a whole lot more.
The first part of the season we could look at the spread teams we played and point to quick passes keeping us from getting sacks, hits on the QB and hurries, but Wisconsin and Iowa with there traditional offenses shouldn't had the time they did to throw. Now that the secondary is far from the strength we thought it would be, the D-line will be the key to how we finish the season and what we do in a bowl game against the cream of the crop.
If Washington gets healthy and Spence gets it going a little more, they could dominate...nobody expected Bosa and Bennett to do what they're doing this year and when this group really gels this could be on par with Urban's Florida d-line that rolled us and dominated towards the end of that year.
Our D-line play is far and away our best chance of winning a future match-up against an Oregon, Bama etc... In that title game, Florida's secondary didn't matter as our receivers didn't get out of there breaks before Troy was getting hit. Our line has a chance to get there by years end, especially with Schutt getting healthy.