---------- Post added May-14th-2011 at 06:18 AM ----------
The only reason that its harder to become the number one franchise today than in the 80s is that we now have 31 teams to beat.
If you don't talk about the primary ways of obtaining talent, that's a meaningless statement. Is there a smart team that wasn't built primarily through the draft? Doesn't it make sense then that if you need to rebuild your core, it must be done primarily through the draft?Smart teams find ways to get their players in FA, the draft, through trades, or plucking people from obscurity .
The first time I heard someone say "Defense wins championships," Lombardi's Packers were used to support the argument. The Packers annually had the #1 ranked defense, while their offense came in at #4 or 5.Bang - You also didn't mention in the Jets rise to prominance the role of their D - D still wins championships and a strong forceful (not necessarily statistically great) D trumps most things .
The problem is that those rankings use yards as a measurement. The Packers had the best ball control offense in the game's history. Their long, time-consuming drives resulted in games with fewer drives for both teams which, in turn, lowers the yardage numbers for both offense and defense.
The Jets have been playing a boring, conservative, ball control offense since young Shotty arrived. That kind of offense makes the defense look better than it really is.