Ever heard of the phrase "Defense wins championships"? Well it's true. Yet no one seems to realize it.
A quote from an earlier post today by Pharm.D.: "I spent a good part of yesterday afternoon reading BtB, and I saw stories about the draft and even one fan post about how we should lose the NYG game to get a better draft spot. I heard what other fans were saying, and it sounded so bleak. Anyway, I was driving home from work yesterday, thinking about this upcoming game on Sunday and trying not to look ahead to the playoffs. As an optimistic Cowboys fan, though, this was admittedly difficult for me. I was listening BSPN Radio. Mike Salk was filling in for Doug Gottlieb and he proceeded to declare that "I would be absolutely shocked if the Superbowl was played by anyone outside of 2 teams from the following group: GB, NO, NE, PIT, BAL." He went on to say that his reasoning for this proclaimation came down to one position: QB. He then spent the rest of the time in his segment explaining why the QBs on all of the other projected playoff teams (included DAL and NYG since there is no clear favorite) weren't playoff caliber."
I would revise that group a bit. Here: SF, GB, PIT, BAL, and HOU. That's more like it. Now one would ask: "How could you ever expect Alex Smith or T.J. Yates to win a super bowl?" It's very simple, they are NFL caliber QB's with very good defenses.
In today's NFL everybody believes it is a passing league and you must have a great QB if you want to win the big game. Well let's just examine this passing league shall we? Here's a look at the championship QB's of the last 10 or so years:
Let's start with the obvious. Trent Dilfer and Brad Johnson. Those Ravens and Buccaneers teams had the nastiest defenses in the league in their respective years. Then lets look at Ben Roethlisberger. Here are his super bowl stats from 2005: 9/21, 123 yards, 2 INT's. Those are not the stats of a good quarterback.. C'mon he even had to rely on Antwaan Randle El to throw a TD pass for him to win a super bowl. Roethlisberger's second super bowl deserves some credit to him but even then had it not been for a Pick-6 to end the first half by James Harrison then he wouldn't have scored enough to win the super bowl. The Steelers have had some of the best defenses of the last decade, and that translates to super bowl wins. Aaron Rodgers had the best defense in the league last year. For Peyton Manning it took a long time until he won his first and only super bowl, but that year the Colts had their best defense because Bob Sanders was healthy; he was the key to their defense. Although the Saints D was shaky, they caused the most TO's in the league. Drew Brees may have run a high powered offense, but without that defense forcing takeaways there is no way he would've scored enough to win the super bowl. Now to the best example, Tom Brady. During the years of the Patriots dynasty they had the best defense in the NFL. Willy McGinest, Ty Law, Lawyer Milloy, Rodney Harrison, Tedy Bruschi. Those were arguably Tom Brady's worst years where he led an offense whose best playmakers were Troy Brown and Deion Branch. Now he's leading offenses with Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski, and Aaron Hernandez. In 2007 the Patriots had one of the best statistical offenses ever, but fell short, losing to Eli Manning and the NY Giants. Eli Manning was a bad quarterback at the time, but he only had to put up 17 points to win. It's not rocket science, you have to have a great defense to win in the end because defense always prevails.
I believe Tony Romo deserves a super bowl, but he may never win one because we simply have never had, and do not have, a tough enough defense. It's showed in every single loss this year except the Cardinals and Jets losses. I have a gut feeling that this week we will shut down Hakeem Nicks and my favorite UMass Minuteman Victor Cruz. We will also expose Eli for the fraud he is. Then we will beat a team with an even worse defense, either Detroit or Atlanta, in the first round. But once we face Green Bay, we're toast. Green Bay could top the Saints' 62 points when they play our defense.
Thanks for listening to my opinion on this issue. Although I'm not a very good writer I still had to share these observations and opinions, because somebody needed to... Let's all hope for a defensive draft plus a signing of Mario Williams or Cliff Avril. But lets focus on this week first. Go Cowboys!