Jim McMahon

If defense wins titles, why are all seven new coaches linked to the offensive side?

If defense wins titles, why are all seven new coaches linked to the offensive side?

In the most recent Super Bowl, Carolina’s unstoppable offense met Denver’s immovable defense … and the Broncos won.

Rarely has there been a more resounding endorsement of defense, the brutal effectiveness of bookend pass rushes rounding the edge and applying vice-grip pressure to a quarterback.

That said, when seven teams switched coaches this offseason, each of them selected someone with offensive expertise. It’s highly unusual for an entire crop of new coaches to come from the same side of the ball, but that’s the case this season with Miami’s Adam Gase, Cleveland’s Hue Jackson, San Francisco’s Chip Kelly, Tampa Bay’s...

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