2. The Jacksonville Jaguars can’t forget about their defense.
As important as having a franchise signal-caller is, teams can’t neglect the defensive side of the ball. The best quarterbacks elevate other players, but they can’t do it all alone. Although a top unit would be optimal, one that bends but doesn’t break and can make a stop when it matters the most is more than enough.
When the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl in 2010, their defense was second in points allowed. However, they have ranked in the top ten just once since then, and even though they make it to the postseason on a yearly basis, they haven’t played in the Super Bowl since then. As good as Aaron Rodgers and their offense is, they need a defense that can help them win games.
The Buccaneers’ defense ranked eighth in points given up in 2020 while the Chiefs were tenth. Even though Tom Brady threw three interceptions in the NFC Championship game, Tampa Bay still won and that’s because their defense stepped up when they needed it the most. Although an individual defensive player may not have the same impact in a game as a quarterback, a top-notch defense is as good as the sum of all its parts, and the best teams have a well-rounded one.