This will be my first post, so I apologize ahead of time for any mistakes that I may make. I have been reading Dawgs by Nature for almost 3 years now, posting limited amount commits. Tho i have never played football, I have experience in lots of other sports. Defense was how I was raised. Tho I am no rufio ( which i would like to say, your posts on anything football are beyond the doubt the most interesting things I have ever read), I will attempt to share my view on why we should build a monster of a defense first and foremost. I look forward to your views and commits.
Defense is the Browns. I never knew the old Browns, being too young when the team was taken away, but what my dad always talks about is how that was our strength. Its us. I believe that back when the Browns dominated the Steelers, there was a game where our defense held them to under a hundred yards of offense (Don't know where i read this, bored one day when I was in middle school and found it browsing the web). The AFC North all has strong defenses now (who do you think they modeled after?). Their defenses is the cause of the Browns offense's woes. Both the Steelers and the Ravens have won superbowls because of their defense. The Bengals have above average defense i believe. Unfortunately I don't have the stats nor do I really know where to find them, Ill leave that to fellow DBN'rs who know them to either debunk me or support me.
People are always saying "Its a quarterback league now", "We need a Elite Quarterback", "offense wins games". I think this is bull. To say one man can win a game is false. I have been on teams when we had the best point guard, or the best goalie, but we never won because we lacked other parts. I believe the best way to counter the top Qb is defense. We did that against the Patriots and the Saints in 2010. I have heard sports announcers say it before, the best way to stop a good qb is to not let him have many opportunities. So to limit them is to have a defense that can create three-and-out's.
"The best offense is a good defense" "Outrun, out hustle them" "Defense Wins Games" These quotes are the backbone to a good team. Many coaches and athletes, me included, live and die by them. And here is why: a good defense forces the opponents offense to not make mistakes, and to make plays. They make mistakes, puts our offense in good field position, it scores points, its demoralizing. This makes our offense to do one thing: Take their time. All the offense needs is one lucky break, a lucky bounce, big PI call, a great run. Thats all. It wears out the the opponents defense, and demoralizes their offense.
Ill give a recent example of this happening: The Packers vs. Giants game. The Giants defense were playing their best. Aaron Rogers had to force throws, was sacked, and was running for his life a lot of the time, but they were still in their until one lucky throw: the hail mary throw. Its the worse feeling to go into the locker room at halftime knowing the opponent just scored. And how the scored makes it worse. It was a hail mary throw, which rarely works and usually a last minute attempt to win the game. So in this case, the giants won before half.
Now I know this really isn't as good as it could be, I'm not the best at expressing myself using words, more of action kind of guy, but I believe I brought enough in to create a good conversation. With our defense being really young, and only missing a few key spots and maybe some depth, as well as the last two drafts we focused on defense, and the next draft coming up, thought this may be something to that should be taken in consideration. I thank you for reading, and hope you don't bash me too hard like the others.
Also the poll is here to see what people think the Browns should do.