Polian says speed, not lead is key to D

Coltzilla recapped Polian’s Corner which covered a tremendous breadth of topics this week.  One of Polian’s thoughts stood out:

Disagree with the idea that the defense is built to play with the lead. Last year, the team led the league in fourth quarter comebacks. The defense is built to play with speed and aggression and to take away the big play. Which is not measured adequately statistically.

There is no doubt in my mind moving forward in the modern NFL, that the passing game is dominant. No matter what kind of offense you use. You must somehow create big plays in the passing game b/c it is much harder to create big plays in the running game. That isn’t going to change.