Preceding the 2012 season, most of the chatter on the defensive front involved the two most productive units of the past decade. Both the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers were said to be approaching the finality of NFL defensive dominance. Age and attrition were to set in, which would force both squads into a low-key rebuild. Defenses like the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans, and the rival Cincinnati Bengals, were all set to bide for the once elusive title of the “#1 defense”. While all of those prospective teams most certainly did their part, in the end, it wasn’t enough to unseat one of the incumbents.
As a huge fan of the defensive side of the ball, I’ve grown accustomed to names like Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Terrell Suggs terrorizing offenses for the Baltimore Ravens. Not to be outdone, Pittsburgh’s Troy Polamalu, James Harrison, Casey Hampton and Brett Keisel, have coerced many opponents into offensive obscurity. It’s uncanny to see two teams so similar in production, yet complete polar opposites in how they operate. Read the rest of this entry » «Schemed to Death: “Blitzburgh” – ‘Steel’ Number One»