Originally Posted by raycafan
That is hard to say, because we all know our own defensive players so well (watching week after week). If I did watch another team as well, I might be able to compare. So of course we probably wouldn't trade our D for another, but that doesn't mean they're especially good. Let alone elite.
The stat that can't be underestimated is takeaways. It (our takeaway deficiency) may have not reared its head in the last couple weeks, but it (giveaway/takeway) is THE stat that probably most correlates with winning and losing. And it isn't a 2013 trend. We have been bad to woeful in this category since at least 2011.
We aren't even close to elite.