I think there is a real connection between having an excellent passing attack and having terrible defensive statistics, especially stats that concern the defensive secondary. If I remember correctly,both New Orleans and New England were in the top 5 worst defensive secondaries, according to statistics.Our New York defensive secondaryhas also been ranked low many times--according to the statistics. The Colts always, supposedly, had aterribledefense (at least for many years).Dan Marino's Dolphins were always ranked lowon defense. I also sawthis phenomenonin college. For several years, at Ole Miss, we hadsome high ranked defenses, but terrible offenses. However, when Eli came,Ole Missshot to the top of the nation's offensive stats--but the defensive stats of Ole Miss sunk to be ranked as among the worst in the nation--especially the defensive secondary stats. However, Ole Miss still won more games than ever. I have noticed this phenomenon often over the years. The very teams with the worst defensive secondary stats are the very teams that have great passing offensive stats.
I think there is the tendency for some to think that New England has a horrible defensive secondary due to having bad stats. I think it is an illusion. Since New England has a high powered passing attack, other teams must throw againstthem more, just to stay in the game. This leads, inevitably, to worse stats--on paper--for the New England defense. It works the same for most other high-powered passing attacks. Look up the stats for the league's worst defenses, and Ipredict that teams with high powered passing attacks will be highly represented among the top 5 or top 10 so-called "worst defenses."
Below are mymain hypothesesas towhy excellent passing teams also have bad team defensive stats (on paper):
*A successful passing offense leads to the other team also passing more than normal--this leads to higher yardage stats against both defenses involved, especially stats that concern the defensive secondary.
*A successful passing attack means more total plays in the game--this is mainly because incomplete passes run off no time. More total plays means more total yards for both teams--which, in turn leads to good offensive yardage stats and bad defensive yardage stats. On the flip side,more playswould tend to lead to higher defensive "sack" and "interception" stats.
To sum it all up, in today's game, the team defensive stats--especially defensive secondary stats--must be taken with a VERY BIG GRAIN OF SALT.
Do you guys have any thoughts about why so many teams with high-powered offenses also have bad defensive stats? Is it just a coincidence or is there a real connection?