Let's examine the claim that defense is not as important by the OP.
SF - 24.8 points/game (11th), 17.1 allowed/game (2nd)
NE - 34.8 points/game (1st), 20.7 allowed/game (9th)
ATL - 26.2 points/game (7th), 18.7 allowed/game (5th)
BAL - 24.9 points/game (10th), 21.5 allowed/game (12th)
Average - 27.7 points/game (7.3), 19.5 allowed/game (7)
As you can see, balance is key to having success in the playoffs.
With the rule changes, it would make sense that defense is even more important.
Even with Brady in his prime and that offense being a juggernaut since about 2006, NE has yet to win a Super Bowl.
The Patriots teams that won three Super Bowls since 2000 had a great defense behind good QB play.
You need both a good D and good O to win these days. Having a good QB is a MUST these days.
Wow, great to see some people actually read this thread, just came back from work. Understand, my point wasn't that you shouldn't have talent on both sides of the ball. My point was that with the rules changes and a finite amount of resources to invest every year that one should invest them in the areas that helps a team take advantage of the current landscape of the nfl. For the past decade this team has invested more in players that don't score touchdowns and this model is outdated and must be remodelled.
its time to restructure this team to score more points. Our defense is basically a top ten defense and is good enough to win. Investing a bit more, cornerback, maybe one more pass rusher will incrementally improve it and consequently our win loss record by one or two wins maybe, but radically improving our offense will give us the only way we will turn into a playoff contender.
this is what we have on offense: Tannehill, Pouncey, bush, Hartline, and Bess. Receiver tight end, and just about every position on the online needs to be upgraded. We have a young qb who's development is the most important thing to the future of this club, therefore, 90 percent of our finite amount of chips to spend should be invested in our offense, tight end, receiver x 2, guard, tackle, etc,
we need radical restructuring and the emphasis needs to be on offense for all of the reasons I mentioned...
and to the one poster who said that defense is what kept the final four in it I say that is bull, every team is in it because of their O primarily, not their D. Holding a team to 28 points means nothing if you can't out score them.
Defenses must be disruptive rather than flat out dominant. This can be done with a great pass rush like the Giants or a defense that specializes in turnovers like the Patriots. They all still need to be stout against the run as well. The classic shut down corners are becoming a dinosaur due to the new rules for sure. Agreed this is becoming a league of big plays and explosive offensive talent, and lord knows we have not seen that since the Marino days. However, remember our defenses in those days that couldn't stop the run? Don't underestimate the importance of this unit, just need to value they "new" important positions like NT or DT against run, pass rushers and play making safeties.
Regarding tight ends, I think we need to draft at least one of those guys with our early picks if they are available and well regarded by the scouts. We should also go after one in Free agency too, in other words, not one or the other, but both! Tight end needs to be significantly upgraded, receiver needs to be significantly upgraded, the o-line needs to be upgraded, draft and sign free agents at all of those positions. Draft and sign a cornerback in Free agency, maybe a pass rusher in free agency too, and we will be all set for next year after we sign our key free agents who we want to keep.
We need to completely change the model that we have been using to construct this unappealing collection of mediocrity that isn't suited to compete in todays NFL. Time to get out of the comfort zone and take some chances and make some moves with testicular fortitude. It's the only way we can transform this team into a consistent winner that can compete with any of those teams that made the playoffs this year. Go Fins!