Corollary 1: Josh Allen (the pass rusher) probably would have meant less to the Giants' future success than the conventional wisdom seems to think, regardless of who the Giants picked at #6.
Corollary 2: The Giants will probably use premium picks to continue adding talent to the O line for the next couple of years.
Corollary 3: Since new analytics say that pass blocking is more important to winning than pass rushing and that the secondary is more important to defense than the pass rush, the draft value of pass rushing specialists will probably decline. I think it already has declined for the Giants. They went for Carter, Hill and Ximines in the 3rd, and haven't taken a pass rusher in the 1st or 2nd in DG's first two drafts. That may continue, to many fans' dismay.
I contend both are key. Pass blocking gets you to the playoffs
Because the offense can help the defense out more than the reverse. Pass block well; complete passes; move the chains; hold the ball; win the time of possession; and allow your defense to play their best ball watching from the sidelines enjoying the view.
protect your qb, attack with accurate passing, which opens up the running/deception screen passes/gadget plays which keeps the opposition offense sitting on their hands as you move the chains, run up the score and attack them with a defense that is fresh enough to create some three and outs, which leads to more offensive touches/drives which results in multiple super bowl trophies.
In other words, team with stronger pass blocking won 60% of time and team with better pass rush won 52% of time
That is hardly conclusive. Plus, it does not take into account run blocking.
Also, "better" pass rush is not the same thing as"dominant" pass rush. So in a game between teams with the 30 and 28th ranked pass rush, if the 30 ranked team wins that counts "against" the pass rush winning percentage
Little Bill (with a lot of help) from his skunk works guru Ernie Adams wins in a LOT of areas (maybe by just a few percentage points) but the effect is cumulative. That's why Tom has six SB rings.
The back breaker for opponents is always seeing Tom taking all day, (at his leisure) picking defenses apart. That's O-line coach Dante Scarnecchia; the "stake in the heart" master at work.
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