Originally Posted by jjktkk
The defensive front 7 was not considered a weakness last year. The secondary was.
The front seven absolutely was a weakness, but when the secondary screws up it's usually more obvious and a big play.
For a football fool like Jerry, CB became the team's biggest need when Newman melted down in New York. Jones just couldn't see how Jay Ratliff was undersized and worn down and how Spears was and always will be a JAG.
Lee and Carters' injuries are a direct result of the DL being weak. Lack of pressure from the ends is a direct result of zero pressure up the middle giving the QB room to step into throws.
Lack of presence on the defensive front creates a terrible ripple effect.
Average secondary players play a lot better with a great DL in front of them. The reverse is also true, but a lot less often.
To succeed in hte NFL today you need decent players everywhere, and at least one great player up front, in the linebacking corps, and in the secondary.
All things being equal, get help up front first, in the secondary second, and in the linebacking corps third.
Weak in the LB corps you bend but don't break. Weak in the secondary, it's spectacularly bad when you do break. Weak up front, you break every which way all the time.
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