I wholeheartedly agree.
Kirk Cousins, as another poster brought up, is a prime example of drafting the best football player available. Now, there are different ways to determine BPA, but that's a discussion for an entirely different thread. Instead, I'll state that the term defense wins championships on its face isn't incorrect. It could be correct, dependent on your team. Just the same, a statement such as Offense wins Championships could be equally true. As could a statement such as balance wins championships.
I don't agree that a draft should be "focused" on anything. It's premature to use a statement such as that without knowing what's available at your pick. If for some reason, all of the prospects we wanted in the second on the defensive side of the ball are gone when we get a chance to pick, we have options: 1) Reach (bad move). 2) Draft the highest player on our board, even if its offense. 3) Trade back and hope that our picks net us other players we targetted. Stating "we need to focus on this..." prior to a draft is a slippery slope. If I told you I wanted to focus on a corner in the draft but the best corner available when we got on the board in the second round was a guy we had ranked as a 6th rounder, would you advocate selecting him? I certainly wouldn't. Not there.
The goal, as DC9 pointed out, is to score more points than the other team. But, that can be accomplished in various ways: A) High scoring offense. B) A Shut Down Defense. C) Balance. D) Anything in Between.
While the premise is simple, the means is not.
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