Let's face it. Our defense is in a transitional period. If we assume (and I think we can) that some form of the Tampa two defense will be implemented our defensive philosophy will change. Speedy, smaller linebackers and a lot of zone coverage may be in our future. The idea is to prevent the big play and make the opposing offense plod down the field in small increments, hopefully making a mistake along the way. It certainly has worked in the past, but even if it is successful it might take two years or so to find out.
The Tampa two offers our opponents a chance to defeat the defense bit by bit as they use up the clock. Manning, Brees, along with most of today's quarterbacks can pick a zone apart faster than you can say cover two. That's because most quarterbacks fear pressure more than coverage. In today's game more than ever, teams are using the short pass as a run, especially to big tight ends who outweigh speedy little linebackers by 30 or 40 pounds. I don't know about you, but I don't enjoy the prospect of Jason Witten turning a 5-yard pass into a 15-yard play as he drags one of our undersized linebackers along for the ride.
So in the end I think it's going to take a year or two to get our defense tuned up. That's why I'm suggesting we stock up on offense so we can become a scoring machine like the Saints and Indy are. They won on offense first and let the defense catch up later. Maybe we should focus on offense for at least the first two picks. I'm thinking Spiller and an offensive tackle. With just a little better blocking and the threat of a guy like Spiller on a screen pass (we haven't had a decent screen pass play since Tiki retired) our offense could be extremely high powered, maybe enough to make up for whatever shortcomings the defense may have. Our receivers have the potential to be the best in the league.
So, am I crazy? Or could this be a winning strategy?