This Season Does Not Mean a Permanent Switch to Defensive Football

The playoffs may have shown otherwise, but they are outliers.

NFL Franchises's Still Need a Strong Quarterback
Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

There are a lot of great stories in the NFL playoffs this year. Minnesota just won as amazing a playoff game as you will ever see. The Jaguars are an incredibly fun team, a first in many years for the franchise. But despite three of the best defenses in football making it this far, 2017 does not mark a permanent trend toward defensive football. All four semifinals rely on productive and diverse backfields, The Ringer writes, but we’re not seeing a reversion back to the days of dominant run games. The quarterback is still a necessary position, it is just changing. The reason the Eagles, Viking and Jaguars are all within a game of the Super Bowl is because of key injuries to superstars and a mixture of both good and bad luck. On Monday, ESPN’s Rich Cimini wrote that the Jets could use the Jaguars s a model, basically saying that you could still win in the NFL even if you don’t have a good quarterback. The Ringer writes that while it is factually true, there are easier ways. The next generation of quarterbacks will probably not be as good as the Brady, Manning, Brees, Roethlisberger generation, but having a good quarterback is still the best way to win. They will not be seen as the only way to win, but they will still be important. So teams need to invest in and build a great unit, and the teams that don’t have franchise quarterbacks need to have a plan. And teams that do have a good QB need to make sure they don’t scream them up.

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