Re: Look at the bright side...
posted at 9/28/2010 10:55 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Look at the bright side...
[QUOTE]In Response to Look at the bright side... : Clearly an uneducated Pats fan... sorry if that is redundant. Yes, defense wins championships is passe. It's likely that happened immediately after the Pats last superbowl win. Those darn statisticians working for the NFL may disagree, but what do they know? Besides this, I mean: Six of the last 10 superbowl champs were either ranked 1,2, or 3 in D and 4 OF 10 were #1 Ds. Wait a minute, what did you think passe means? Maybe you're dead on.
Posted by PhatRex[/QUOTE]
He's probably talking much more recent, like post Polian passing rules. Since then it has been
2005 Steelers #4 DEF #9 offense
2006 Colts #23 DEF # 2 offense
2007 NYG #7 DEF #14 offense
2008 Steelers #1 DEF #22 offense
2009 Saints #20 DEF #1 offense
(average) #11 DEF #9.6 off
I know people like to say that the rules emphasis didn't change much except to Pats fans but take a look at the previous 5 years.
2000 Ravens #1 defense #14 off
2001 Pats #6 defense #6 off
2002 TB #1 defense #18 off
2003 Pats #1 defense #12 off
2004 Pats #2 defense #4 off
(average) #2.2 DEF #11 off
Clearly things have changed. Since 04 the average def rank of a SB winner is 11th, of the offense is 9.6.
So yes, I would agree that the old axiom of defense wins championships is gone. Simply put, better offenses and worse defenses now win championships The numbers show that championships aren't favored by offenses or defenses now.