Originally posted by AZ9erfan520:
I think our secondary is going to have a turn over every three or so years. It seems obvious that the philosophy is to have an excellent front 7 and depend on their pressure to shut down offenses. As long as we draft decent db's we can cycle them through and make adjustments based on needs. Right now theres to much money invested in our front seven to go about it any other way.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again, with the current salary cap, you can have a great defensive line or a great secondary but you can't afford both long-term. Ultimately I think the defensive line is far more crucial to success, being able to control the run game, as well bring pressure on the quarterback is essential to winning championships.
I think Tampa Bay will learn that lesson this year, they went out and spent a fortune on their secondary, yet last year they were the third worst team in the NFL in sacks and their top pass rusher jumped ship and went to Seattle. They're going to see just how valuable a pass rush is when their all world secondary is regularly getting lit up because the QB has forever and a day to chill back in the pocket.
Last year's defensive issues literally can be traced to the moment that Justin Smith got injured against New England. Without his presence, along with an injured Aldon, the 49ers pass rush drastically worsened and we saw what the results were.....QB's like Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco having fun in the pocket, taking their sweet time, making plays without having too worry about too much pressure up in their faces.
It's the DL and the LB's that will propel this defense to be championship level, that is where the money and the focus will go on this defense.