We’ve heard it a million times;
“Offense may win the game but defense wins the championship.”
Its sounds cliché but for the most part this old adage rings true. Just ask the Steelers, Ravens, and Buccaneers, three teams who have won championships in recent years based primarily on a strong defense and a “just don’t screw-it-up” offensive mentality. These old smash-mouth teams are solid, albeit a bit boring for viewers with attention deficit disorder, and very hard to assemble.
What’s that you say? You don’t have a franchise leader on defense, a ton of cap space for defensive free agency acquisitions, and three to four years to build one of these championship teams? No problem. Introducing the high-flyin’, ankle-breakin’, jump up and ‘restle-the-ball-way-from-‘ya, possession receiver. The solution to your all of your championship needs.
That’s a mouthful. Let’s just call them a “money”, for short.
The Arizona Cardinals got themselves a big time money named Larry Fitzgerald. It must be nice to be able to just heave the ball down the field while brimming with confidence that your money will adjust his route on the flight of the ball, out jump the defender, wrestle the ball right out of his hands, and gallop in for a score. Imagine what it would be like to be able to run the ball twice for a total of two yards then just fling the ball anywhere in the same zip code as your money and watch with excitement as he bounces off defenders and picks up 18 yards and a first down. Hey, I bet there’s a lot teams in the NFL lacking in defensive prowess that would love to have a money of their very own!
We all watched Larry Fitzgerald take matters in to his own hands (pun intended) throughout the playoffs and in doing so give Arizona a berth in the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history. There will be another money entering the NFL in a little over 90 day, his name is Michael Crabtree. After watching Fitzgerald this post season half of the franchises in the NFL have got to be drooling over the thought of getting a money of their own and the Seattle Seahawks are sitting pretty to pocket Crabtree, the biggest money in the draft…unless, of course, some other team were to trade up to a spot just above them and pick Seattle’s pocket.
I know what many of you are thinking, we want that money too. Believe me my friends, so do I. Unfortunately, no matter how good that money is he can do nothing for us when our quarterback is scrambling for his life in the back field or when our offense is sitting stagnant on the sideline while our defense lets the opposing teams mediocre running game grind minute after minute off the clock as they unabatedly score. There is good news; somewhere in the NFL there is a general manager who is jonesing to go Mike-Ditka for Crabtree. Scott Pioli just needs to find out who that is and help him get his fix…for a small price, of course.