There have been a lot of questions as to why defenses have "gone down" statiscally in recent history. People have compared defenses of today with defenses ten years ago and try to draw comparisons. In my opinion this is something that cannot be done, as style of play has to be taken into account. Back in December we had a discussion on TN about why defenses have "gone down". I posted the following comment in reply to stats provided by dmitchell92. "Those are all good stats... And I agree that defenses have gone down. There are a lot of factors that go into that though. Teams have been running the spread for years, true enough. But it was never a major percentage of teams that ran it well. Steve Spurrier was looked at as an offensive genius for years because of the spread passing attack he had at UF. It also got him a brief job in the NFL. That being said, a lot of the defenses looked better in the 90’s beause offensive football was generally played in a phone booth. Nose guards and ILB’s were super valuble because the main thing you had to do on defense was stop the running game. Athletes on defense got bigger, and stronger and it became harder to be a consistent running team whose passing game consisted mostly of play action and short passes. You had guys in the league like Grady Jackson (6'2" 345). Grady Jackson was a great player for his time, but I think with his body type; he would’ve had a hard time in today’s era of football. The spread forces almost everyone on defense to win one-on-one match ups and if you don’t, a lane is created for a big play. This created the need for better athletes across the board on defense. Fast forward to now, defensive back and DE are probably your most valued positions on a def. Jimbo came in with a plan. Jimbo recruited almost nothing but defense in his first couple of years as head coach. Once the defense was on track, he added the pieces he needed on offense. That being said, it " Puts FSU’s 2013 defense in a pretty favorable light…" because they have reached the statistical greatness of a defensive era of football, but the game as a whole has changed significantly. Which is why I think this defensive team has even more significance. I think FSU has showed the blueprint of what it takes to match this new era of spread football. by troyboi40 on Dec 27, 2013 | 1:35 PM up reply 1 recs flag "Interestingly enough an article was posted on coachingsearch.com today (01/22/2014). http://coachingsearch.com/article?a=Alabama-Nick-Saban-Were-going-to-have-to-change-who-we-recruit BTW this is my first FANPOST, so take any mistakes as Seminole love.