I have for the most part bashed our defense over the last 4 years, saying that at their best they were average and at their worst they were much worse than that. So what I have really wanted was to improve that unit, thinking that we would never win a Super Bowl without a Super Bowl caliber unit. I was thinking we should funnel all our resources towards that side of the ball...
Now this is the crazy thought...don't. Don't do it. Where are we better? Offense, correct? Yet most of us know we are not perfect on offense. What if we spent the money on the offense? You got to figure that is the more sure bet that the funds would be used to their maximum potential. We almost won a Super two years ago with a defense that was the definition of average. On offense we were missing our best weapon both playoff runs (Gronk), I've got to think he would of made a difference. What if we spent to get an outside threat that was a true outside threat? What if we got a true feature back? This is pure outside the box...hypothetical type of stuff.
People always point to Brady doing it during the regular season and then not being able to do it in the post season (as if he's suppossed to carry the team)...well he can do it during the regular season when his weapons are for the most part there and healthy. And for the most part you face much better defenses in the playoffs and we've all seen how they tend to call games in the post season - they allow a lot more stuff. What if we could roll out Hernandez, Gronk, Lloyd, a true outside threat and a better runner?
As for the defense, I've kind of lost hope that we are going to go into free agency in grab a young pass rushing defensive tackle or end, and they are going to be here for a few seasons. People can point to Andre Carter, but he walked through our doors late into the pre season and played well for ten games before going down....he was gone after that. You can talk about Anderson, but he was effective for maybe 5 games and then left after the season. So what I'm saying is, unless we are going to go out and get a talented guy in his prime that will help us for a few years, why not just go all in on the offense? We are closer there. It could be cheaper - we all saw what Mario Williams got to go to Buffalo last season.
Again, just outside the box type of stuff.