Cornerbacks, The Biggest Need In Free-Agency Or The Draft

If the team that wins the Super Bowl has any meaning for the other 31 organizations of the NFL, it’s a question of “how did they do it?”

Case in point, the Seattle Seahawks, winners of a Super Bowl more than a month past us, both memorable and forgettable, the latter for anyone that’s a Broncos loyalist or just loves Peyton Manning in terms of what he brings on the field and off, practically selling Buicks and credit cards on television.

Anyway, let’s face it, Peyton couldn’t figure it out, the Broncos couldn’t figure it out, then again many teams in 2013 couldn’t figure it out. That’s scoring against the Seahawks tough defense.

Especially, those in the secondary.

With the season that Richard Sherman had, not to mention his energy displayed by a certain postgame interview, teams need to focus their attention to an aspect of defense beyond pass roughing. They need to focus on pass breaking.

Now, the days of free-agency means the needed help in the third level, as this has become a top priority.

If you look at arguably the top three biggest players heading into this year’s open-market, all were defense. Outside of DeMarcus Ware, the two biggest free agents and now signings have been Aqib Talib and Darrelle Revis. And the best part of these moves, the chess game that has come about between the Broncos and Patriots.

With the tone set by the Seahawks, the next few years will mark keen interest in seeing what makes up for a successful defense, does it start in with the front four or in the secondary, pass rushers or pass breakers?

In this quarterback oriented NFL, the challenge resides in defenses to figure out how to contain the arms of Peyton, Brady, Brees and Rodgers. Now the torch is slowly, but gradually shifting to the likes of Wilson, Griffin, Kaepernick and Luck; guys who have become almost just as much for the feet as their arm strength is concern.

If you look at it, we have already seen a change in the way defense is being played. The days of Buddy Ryan’s 46 has given way to the Cover 2, therefore more pressure relies in the secondary.

One concept that will never change, finding a way to disrupt the passing game, for the NFL might be a quarterback driven league now but the truth is this will not change, not until football ceases to exist. The only question remains as far as the future, rushing the passer or breaking (and intercepting) the attempt of the passer?

Frank Sprankle

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