This is more my personal train of thought when it comes to the importance of positions, I just wanted to know what you guys think about it. It is biased and flawed but its mine none the less I personally feel that defense is twice as important compared to any given position on offence. The term Defense wins championships comes to mind when thinking this way. A defense makes a team, it is the backbone, heart and soul. I would take a number one defense over a number one offence any day of the week, ex Manning?s offence's of the past 3 years compared to our defense in the past three superbowls. Our Defense in the past was so automatic it made any offence cringe. 3 and out was a every series occurrence, not to mention turnovers where more and more constant. Any defense production leads to a positive for your offence. As to where to start when building a defense, its really depends on your scheme but I have always believed in stopping the run first. A top D-Line provides such a confidence for any defense, knowing that in the trenches you have the advantage makes like easier on the guys in the secondary leaving them to do what they do best. In the 3-4 a intelligent core of lb's is a must, which is exactly what we have now and personally I feel as if we have a top 4 group in the nfl, in vrabel,brushie,seau,and colvin, and as for the secondary... Just so you know I am a DB at heart and Rodney is by far my favorite player ever, I live and die by these guys, but this secondary has struggled ever since Ty left and rightfully so. Lockdown corners are more than hard to come by in this league but with one on a team it can easily be a more important position more than an all star linebacker an all star running back or elite wr. At corner you have a position that can be exploited if the correct personal is not in place. I understand the patriots defensive scheme and love the way they value players. I more than accept letting a top flight corner in Ty Law leave, with is value diminishing for his price tag, but I can not see how replacing him with guys like cobbs ( who I love as a player and will be a great corner in the future just not right now) and even Samuel. It is just such a step down from where that secondary was ... it really needs to be a addressed. thats just part one of my rant, where I will really stir up controversy is in my comparison to the offence, let me know what you guys think.