Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/7/12
“Offense wins games; defense wins championships.”Whether or not that’s how the phrase originally went is moot. Unless you’re the 1999 St. Louis Rams, simply outscoring the opponent with nothing but copious offensive firepower just doesn’t cut it. Many a quarterback with a 40 TD/8 INT season has been sniped in the playoff thicket by sharpshooter corners and artillery linemen.Ask Aaron Rodgers last year, he’ll tell you all about it.Grant you, of the last ten Super Bowl champions, nine of them had either a guaranteed future Hall of Famer, (The Manning Brothers, Roethlisberger, Rodgers, Brees, and Brady). In the case of Tampa Bay in 2002, they had an efficient journeyman in Brad Johnson who just didn’t make mistakes.But in just about all of those cases, those quarterbacks could rely on a defense that would not only kill the opposing quarterback, but would give up such little ground to the opponent that victory was much more assured.There are three measurements that define a quality defe...
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