I have found it quite interesting with the different AP factions lobbying their "quick fix" trade/free agent or "gotta have" draft pick. Each argument is compelling and all have a degree of merit but I must say there is one camp that I haven't heard much from (and I apologize if I missed it) . . . DEFENSE!!
The best defense can put fear into opposing QB's . . . or something?!? (no Mike Cox jokes, please)
OK, seriously. The old adage of the defense wins championships still holds true. The offense needs to be good but the defense needs to be great! The Chiefs offense gets a lot of credit for the turnaround in 2010 but honestly, it was the defense leading the way and they made great strides in 2010 . . .
Year - Points Against - Yards Against
2010 - 20.4 pts - 330.2 Yds
2009 - 26.5 pts - 388.2 Yds
2008 - 27.5 pts - 393.2 Yds
The numbers pretty much speak for themselves but let me point out that 46 of the 58 yards of 2010 improvement was against the RUN, a huge factor! This in no way diminishes what Charles and Cassel accomplished on offense (they were much improved!) but the defense improvement made the difference.
That being said, this defense is not where is needs to be. The young players need to continue to improve and we still need more talent/depth (I won't even bring up the NT debate, heh, heh) . . . Simply do what it takes to get this defense to a top 5 ranking and we will be knocking at the Championship door for years to come!
Defense first! In Pioli I trust!