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Question For Those Blessed With The Gift of football IQ.

Update:  Alright, we've got  almost 100 votes in, and it looks like roughly 90% of the great football thinkers here believe that a strong pass rush trumps a strong secondary as the key to a great defense.  Considering that the 2011 Longhorns' front seven looks to be the major strength of the defense heading into fall camp, color me encouraged.   That being said, I have high hopes to see some significant growth in our young secondary as the season progresses, and I'm pretty confident that we'll field an epic defense in the next couple of years. 

Hook 'Em, BONizens! 

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To start off with the givens, I know these two things:

1)  A good pass rush can help the secondary by causing the quarterback to throw hastily, make mistakes, or not get the throw off at all in the case of a sack.

2)  Good coverage by the secondary helps the front seven get to the quarterback.

 

I also feel confident that our front seven will be the strength of the defense and will have opportunities to help out our nubile secondary with sacks and quarterback hurries.  Hell, maybe they'll even tip some passes for the secondary to intercept.  The question in my mind, though, is would we be better off if the secondary was the strength of the defense like last year?

So my question is this:  if you were able to choose which unit would be stronger between the secondary and the pass rushers, which would you pick?

My suspicion is that we'll look markedly better in rush defense next year (we're coming for you, UCLA), but we'll get burned by good passing offenses like OU, A&M, OSU, and possibly even BYU.  Then again, I've been a student of the game for only so long and I'm sure many of you out there have a more enlightened take on this question.  So, please enlighten me.  Secondary or D-line?  Pass coverage or pass rush?  Which is more crucial?  I suspect there isn't necessarily a right or wrong answer, but I'd love to hear some opinions.

My answer:  I'm going to go out on a limb and say in the Big XII (-2) a strong secondary is little bit more important.

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