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In the NFL, Is Great Defense Just about Investing More of Your Draft on Defense?
Defense wins championships. This is a tried and true axiom of the NFL that is accepted by virtually everyone, but in the context of evaluating quarterbacks, seemingly applied by relatively very few.
When defending a quarterback like Peyton Manning (feel free to insert the name of another quarterback like Drew Brees, Carson Palmer, Jay Cutler, or Dan Marino), a proponent will naturally bring up the issue of a lack of defensive support.
Sometimes that lack of defensive support means losing in the playoffs (Manning and Marino), and sometimes that lack of defensive support means not making the playoffs in the first place (Brees, Palmer, and Cutler).
Either way, a lack of defensive support can hardly be blamed on a team’s quarterback, right? Well, right or wrong, quarterbacks often do get blamed for their lack of defensive support.
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