You just summed the whole draft up in one paragraph and not the part about Fortyninerhater lol… Nicely done my friend...
The only reason I enjoyed the Super Bowl was because a defense was destroying an offense.
If that didn't help drive my point accross, then there's nothing more to say.
I think it would be a mistake to dismiss that as just an anomaly. The seahawks won the big game, but they didn't go undefeated with their #1 defense either, losing to teams without #1 defenses or #1 offenses. It's the Any Given Sunday effect, and it's magnified because of how badly the Broncos lost. But that one game doesn't prove that a great defense will always win. Also, the Broncos lost games to teams without #1 ranked defenses as well.
It is, as has been discussed and I think you've acknowledged, a balancing act between defense and offense. A dominant defense is great, but it doesn't guarantee superbowls when the offense struggles to produce. Look at the Bears. Since 2001 they have had a top 5 defense five times, twice being the #1 ranked defense. Their only trip to the superbowl was when they had the #3 ranked defense, and #2 ranked offense (In terms of total points scored, 8 touchdowns came from ST/Def that year), and they lost that one. At the end of the day, the Bears needed offense, and they didn't get it in the Superbowl against the 23rd ranked Colts defense. The Bears offense only mustered a touchdown and a field goal, with Devin Hester providing a kickoff return touchdown.
The point is just, one dominant aspect of a team does not guarantee superbowls. I'd have to agree with you that, as a general rule, a dominant defense is more likely to take the team to the superbowl than just a dominant offense. However, I think a proper balance of the two is the right way to go, and to me that means in this draft looking at OT early to solidify the line so our offense can stay on the field longer, and give our defense the rest they need to stay sharp, and the lead to protect. I feel like our offense goes 3 and out far too often, which wears our defense out, and that needs to change.
In two games vs the Seaducks we held them to 41 points. A safety fewer than the Bronco's did in the super bowl. Unfortunately we only managed 18 points in those two games. Granted we had captain 3rd string Kellen running the show and with Sam we should have one at least one of them. But it seems to me with the numbers we've held Wilson to our defense, without being tops in the NFL, was enough to handle them. An upgraded offense would have done wonders though. A healthy OLine managed 200 yards rushing. A banged up and back up OLine managed 13 yards on 18 carries.
Stats on Wilson in two games was 25 of 41 61% completion. 311 yards, 127 yards on two busted coverage plays for touchdowns. We weren't able to force him into any turn overs but we did sack him eleven times. With a few upgrades, namely FS, continued growth and the addition of Williams when and if he's signed this defense will continue to handle the ducks. Bottom third again in offense points won't cut it for long.
At the same time, the #17 offense (Seahawks) destroyed the #19 Defense (Broncos). Wilson was under barely no pressure all day, suggesting that a decent OL would be a good way forward.
And the Broncos got beat in the passing game in the slot and deep down field due to poor tackling and coverage, that suggests the Rams need a decent slot corner and a great free safety
Therefore I put the teams needs to OT, CB and FS