Feb 3, 2014, 11:56 AM EDT
So it’s all over Twitter and TV and virtually any medium that says anything about last night’ game:
Defense wins championships.
This newfound wisdom comes in the wake of the Seahawks’ big Super Bowl win after being ranked first in in the NFL in defense during the regular season.
This must come as a shock to the 2012 Steelers, who led the league in defense and didn’t make the playoffs. And to the ’11 Steelers, who lost in the first round of the playoffs to Tim Tebow’s Broncos after being No. 1 in total D. The 2010 Chargers were first in defense but second in the AFC West and out of the playoffs.
Last year’s champions, the Ravens, were a shadow of their formerly dominant selves finishing 17 in defense. The previous three champs, the Giants, Packers, and Saints were 27th, 5th, and 25th respectively.
And remember that Bucs dynasty after they won the Super Bowl following the 2002 season with a dominant defense? How about the string of championships that started off with that historically dominant 2000 Ravens defense?
What? You mean neither of those teams launched a dynasty?
For that matter, if you want to go back further the Bears of the mid-80’s only won one Super Bowl.
I think you get the point here. The Seahawks found a way to win a Super Bowl. That doesn’t mean that doing it their way is the key to winning Super Bowls going forward.
Certainly, there are some fundamental ways that the Seattle organization goes about doing things that other teams can and should go to school on. They have a very definite idea about the type of player they want in the draft and one they get their prototypes they go about developing them into their type of pro players. And as evidenced by the two wide receivers who caught Russell Wilson’s TD passes, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse, they do the same thing when they dive into the undrafted pool.
It will be interesting to see if the idea of employing bigger, “longer” defensive backs is something that can be duplicated elsewhere. There might be one or two safeties like Kam Chancellor coming out every year and 6-3 cornerbacks who are as quick and athletic as Richard Sherman also are rare.
But there is no reason for NFL teams to abandon their innovations on offense and forget about getting that franchise quarterback and throw everything into the defensive side of the ball. That can work but it’s not a surefire way to build a dynasty or even win a championship.
Yes, defense can win championships. And, history shows, so can offense.