Defense wins Championships

The New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, and Philadelphia Eagles. Those teams were in the AFC and NFC Championship games this year. The Chargers should take the cue.

The main reason for all four teams progression in the playoffs was the defenses those teams have.

The Patriots, who could be considered a dynasty with a win this Sunday, held the league's best offense in the Colts to ONE lousy field goal, and now are well on their way to their 3rd Super Bowl victory in four years.

The Steelers big season could mainly be attributed to new Defensive Coordinator Dick Lebeau's aggressive defense and not the great play of rookie QB Ben Roethlisberger, as many are led to believe.

Mike Vick is the big star in Atlanta, but he is not the reason the Falcons did so well. Their defense, led by great pass rushers like Patrick Kerney and the vastly underrated Rod Coleman took Atlanta to the next level under the coaching of the defensive-minded Jim Mora.

The Eagles are the most aggressive defense in the league, blitzing on almost every down. With the additions of Jevon Kearse, Jeremiah Trotter, and Dhani Jones, and under the leadership of Defensive Coordinator Jim Johnson, the Eagles are now playing in the Super Bowl. Many say Terrell Owens is the main reason the Eagles are where they are, but the Eagles did very well without their star wide receiver.

The San Diego Chargers do not need anymore offensive starters. They had one of the best offenses in the league last year, and it should be even better next year (with Reche Caldwell returning, and Antonio Gates having a full year as a starter under his belt) regardless of who is playing quarterback.

With two 1st round picks, the Chargers are in a great position to improve their defense, and in particular, the pass rush. Having Dave Ball back will help, but a pure pass rusher like Iowa's Matt Roth or Georgia's David Pollack would do wonders. A defensive end like Marcus Spears of LSU or Shaun Cody of USC would probably fill the hole on the defensive line in the 3-4 a little better.

The free safety spot needs an upgrade badly, and another rookie isn't the answer. The perfect guy is Dwight Smith of Tampa Bay. He's young, versatile, productive and a great friend of Antonio Gates.

Defense wins championships, and this defense could be elite with just a few upgrades.

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