Not punishing Jochen yet, just seeing a similar situation. To me, CB is the biggest priority after forward. I don't want to be here in the summer pining for a magical savior yet again.
Only reason why you would not sign a new CB is if they expect S.Nealis, Reyes, Ndam, D.Nealis and Nocita to be better/competent. They like to throw their guys into water to see if they can sink or swim. i agree that CB is a bigger priority because we can compete if we cant stop the other team from scoring.
Personally, i think we need at least one accomplished veteran. I think S.Nealis needs help covering ground or learn how to better position himself on the defensive end. Reyes can't stay on the field (injured or cards), D.Nealis gets bullied out there and looks out of place and Ndam + Nocita are unknowns at the MLS level.
As of right now, it appears they are expecting a lot from S.Nealis.