WIth Revis, McCourty, Browner, Dennard, Logan, Harmon, Arrington (in suitable roles) the secondary should be especially good. This will of course help the pass rush. But another effect might be that teams more often try to throw underneath. This will result in (1) shorter yards per pass and per completion (2) more third downs the opponents will have to convert and so to score opponents will have to be especially efficient (3) it will require LBs to cover and the back 7 or 8 in total to converge and tackle to smother plays. Having to throw underneath will also tend to keep our LBs closer to the line of scrimmage which will help in the run D.
This D still has some potential Achilles heals:
1. DT depth is still questionable especially as the best talent is old and coming off injuries.
2. Upgrading a pass rush is still a critical element to turning what will be either incompletions or short gains into interceptions and so game changing plays.
3. And this is really one of the most important considerations going into the draft - that in a 4-3 D we have desperately little depth at LB and thin at DE while in a 3-4 D we have desperately little depth at NT
SO AN IMMEDIATE questions becomes: do we look for another quality DL who can play NT in our 3-4 which will turn Chandler Jones and Nink into OLB in a 3-4 when we play a 3-4 (and so improve depth at DE and LB) or will we look for more depth at LB and DE for our 4-3 sets?
This does not have to be a mutually exclusive thing. If we can add a good 3-4 NT we will likely be adding a player who can play DT in a 4-3. We can also look to add a LB and perhaps 4-3 DE. That could mean 3 defensive players in the first 4 rounds. It does not leave much room for TE and WR (I am not sure we need one) and C or RG and RB (as preparation for contract talks with Vereen and Ridley).
In any case the secondary, being as good on paper as it is, allows BB do start to design dominating packages. In doing so he could lean back more towards the old 3-4, lean further towards the 4-3, develop a hybrid with the likes of guys like Hightower and Jones and Nink, or try to pack more talent that will allow him the flexibility to truly play 4-3 and 3-4 depending on opponent, situation and conditions....
Do you think the quality of the secondary means BB focuses on any of the above or does he turn back toward the offense first (TE, C, RG, RB, WR, QB) ---- though he never seems to totally neglect any part of the team.. so it is a question of focus...