Is Ruud ready?
In Sunday's paper, we're going to be debating the preparedness of (now) starting middle linebacker Barrett Ruud to take on the job full time.
Most of last season's starters are either back or have been replaced by perceived upgrades, but Ruud is perhaps a guy who still has to prove he deserves the job. It's not that he hasn't done well in his limited playing time, it's just that the playing time was limited.
So, now, with Shelton Quarles apparently headed for retirement, we'll get a big dose of Ruud. And we should know pretty quickly whether he's up to the task.
In the meantime, tell us what you think about the third-year player from Nebraska and whether you feel confident about him manning the middle.