"There are a lot of ways we can improve off of last year," defensive line coach Clarence Brooks said. "Putting it quite simply, last year wasn't good enough. Whatever is more than what we did is where we want to go. Last year was not where we wanted to leave things, so if you have to measure it by that, we say, 'Hey, anything north of those numbers is where we want to be.' [The coaching staff] believes we have the ability to be a top-five defense. That's certainly where we're going to try to head."