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    Well that's not what's being asked, so it's really dumb to even be discussing it. He's asking "which is more important on a complete team", not "which unit plays better by itself".

    Knoxman's point was very reasonable, and he's actually addressing the real question. And while I agree that pressure impacts INT numbers, the reverse is also true. Coverage impacts sack numbers. In the end, INTs are primarily a factor of coverage, and sacks are primarily a factor of pressure.

    So I stick with my stance that a ball-hawking secondary will get you more turnovers than a great pass rush will.
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    • #62
      Originally posted by Lomax View Post
      Well that's not what's being asked, so it's really dumb to even be discussing it. He's asking "which is more important on a complete team", not "which unit plays better by itself".

      Knoxman's point was very reasonable, and he's actually addressing the real question. And while I agree that pressure impacts INT numbers, the reverse is also true. Coverage impacts sack numbers. In the end, INTs are primarily a factor of coverage, and sacks are primarily a factor of pressure.

      So I stick with my stance that a ball-hawking secondary will get you more turnovers than a great pass rush will.
      I just re-read the OP, and you are right, he did pose the option of a great pass rush + mediocre secondary vs. great secondary + mediocre rush. I was initially remembering the poll itself. So I'll grant you that, but I still believe a great pass rush is better than a great secondary. Pressure the QB and he doesn't have time to look for open receivers. And with inexperienced QBs that pressure can make him force throws which lead to INTs.
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