Flagg the Wanderer
Hotblack Desiato's Accountant
- Jun 24, 2004
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Agreed, except I suspect the offense turns the corner into the top half of the league as well. This diverse group of skill players doesn't need a superstar at QB, it needs a point guard distributor. To be a top 5 offense, it needs a superstar QB.The defense should be as good as any in the NFL.
I do worry about relying on that in 2023, only because the calls are so skewed towards the offense. I mean a DB can barely brush a WRs jersey and a QB like Rodgers just has to make the fisting motion and get the call.
I remember listening to Bart Scott, I know everyone here hates him, he was saying the Chiefs run an illegal pick play with Kelce half of the time and never get called.
It’s been commanded from the top that the league wants offense, questionable calls in the 3rd and 4th quarter be damned.
And it’s turning into the NBA where the stars get the calls. Unfortunately the pats right now don’t have many stars.
So am I excited about this defense? Yes. Very. I’m just waiting for the BS holding call on a Jets WR, or the late hit on Allen or Tua.
Complementary football, right? Let the defense do it's thing, and the offense (and STs) helps them by not turning the ball over or putting them on short fields, with short rest, or for too much of the game. Will the offense "actually" be a top 10 group? Unlikely. Could it be a top 10 group statistically, in terms of first downs, time of position and even points scored? Yeah, that could definitely happen.
Say you "actually" have the 17th best offense in the league in a vacuum. By DVOA, EPA, eyeball test, or what have you - however you think you get an "actual, true ranking." But if the defense gives you short fields, keeps opposing defenses on the field a lot so not only are there more opportunities for errors, but they're also tired, keeps the offense from being predictable and having to play from behind? If it's an offense that doesn't hurt it's defense with mistakes and a lot of 3 and outs, presto! Top 10 scoring offense! And your #17 offense in a vacuum is maybe #12-15 even by those same statistics, because they're running more plays than average against defenders that are tired, stressed, and demoralized.