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"Alex, you're on ESPN radio. Do you like or dislike the trend right now? With offense in the league. No, I like what I saw in the game with my Cowboys. I'm here in Dallas Fort Worth against the New Orleans Saints, and they show you what you have to do. You. Gotta have a front seven get pressure or your quarterbacks. I'd like to stay in the pocket up the middle. If your quarterbacks that are mobile can keep that contain by having good linebackers seven is the key to being able to play against these high powered offenses, and then get some press man going up in here. You got too many defense coordinator scared instead of playing aggressive split ball. Like, we'll go platinum in a mouse is see what happened. And when you got these teams spread out and do stuff, you don't like him push in the mouth, and that's how you gotta play. Well, we appreciate your call surf Dallas or could affiliate there. What all three three. It is something though that you think about the skill position guys outside in these slot receivers in there's such a priority premium placed on speed. It is surprising Jonathan that more defensive backs. Don't get right up in your grill because you can make contact with a yard of the line of scrimmage, but they're just concerned that they're going to lose the battle. And then that guy is going to be gone. But I mean, look you got to be aggressive on defense. You gotta have not just a good front seven. You have to have a decorated front seven Jonathan. I couldn't swallow you. Discover the game recently where that was in question whether or not you can defend someone a yard within the line of scrimmage, then you cover a game like that. And then what the what the bears and someone like every week. A controversial call where whether or not it was. I mean, even that's questionable anything defensive player does in aggression. I think that there's sometimes referees. Like, oh, you know, what else a little tough? And so you don't want your NFL to look like that. Look, I'm not looking for seven to three. But also like to see the defense be able to get there as well. As get their come up. It's. Note on ESPN radio and the ESPN app. Triple eight say ESPN's our phone number eight eight eight seven to nine thirty seven seventy six. Let's try Rick in Michigan. He's next up on ESPN radio. Go ahead. Rick. How you guys doing earthern caller listener really think the NFL is a joke. It's a total joke. They let you guys run around on the field. You can't touch him. If you do touch him. It can be third and fifteen you barely touched the guy now that five yard penalty. But the key is is automatic. I now now you give an extra yard is to the so-called superstar quarterback. Young guy is a joke. You can't play defense in the league because everything's Tylar. And the New England Patriots shut down the greatest show on turf. Now, you can't touch these guys NFL joke, but it's all about money is all about ratings and money and the new not the old fan. The new thing. So it's all a joke. Thank you. Rick up there in Michigan. We appreciate the phone call. Well, look offense cells people want to watch offense more than defense. That's what sells merchandise. That's what sells tickets. That's what sells jerseys. It's it's just it is what it is. Unless you are a game changing defensive player like an Aaron Donald or a Khalil Mack or a JJ watt guys like that. The priority in the league right now is on offense playing simple and the ratings keep going up and up the offense keeps going up and up. So clearly, the NFL likes the blueprint that they're laying out for you. Defense does sell tickets to when you were able to get to the quarterback and be able to tackle the quarterback without having to throw a flag every time. I mean, you can't say that we've lived through both of this now Jeff both sides where you had a dominant defense, and we can talk about the ravens of two thousand we can talk about lovey Smith's, Chicago Bears. Guitar the Dallas Cowboys when you talk about the Steelers. There's plenty of teams that have strong defensive players. You can get to the quarterback and get three outs and be able to stop a run. That's sexy. Also, however things have changed. You heard the last caller talking about the new fan of the NFL. Yes. Offense does sell. But there was a time and not even that long ago where you can look at a defense they meant that defense is dominant. They're great to watch. And the teams that have the balance on both sides offense and defense, that's even better. But you're getting that in today's NFL, you think the Rams are in Kansas City are great defenses. The Kansas City is. A horrible def- defense. Even though the offense has been terrific for them. So I don't know which team has the best balance right now what they can give some Super Bowl. But I think that's an attractive thing for me is an NFL fan to see that. And I don't even see that in today's NFL. It goes back to what you said people love defense when the hits or savage. They do. It doesn't excite the average fan to see a guy set the edge properly on defense. Now, it's very important better set the edge, if you're your you're an outside linebacker, but what I'm saying is people remember defense by the hard hits. And it's just so difficult now to deliver those types of blows, and it I'm all for player safety. But when to me I'm looking to throw a flag when the intent was there when the intent was I'm going to be reckless in not lower my head and not look at it. What I'm hitting and hit a guy helmet to helmet on purpose Lee with my head. That's what I think these players should be penalized. But now, you know, someone drops their shoulder at the last second is a ball carrier, and you had some incidental contact with this helmet. It's a fifteen yard penalty. So that's that's what they've lost me as far as defense. But you know, what whatever come back. That's the whole point here. Right. I don't think it will. I don't think you'll ever see the trend flip to defense heavy NFL because of the emphasis on player safety. Well, I guess we won't say more Chuck seasons in the league anymore, then with the bleeding nose bleeding in the head just those days are over. And by the way, I don't necessarily have to see knockouts. I don't have to see that. But I would like to see the defensive player be able to get physical in a physical game without being flagged and hurting his own football team. We we may never see that again either where you can actually hit the quarterback or hit a running back without being flagged. That's that's hard today in the NFL. Nope. The days of a Doug plank, my friend, or in the rear view mirror. Chuck, see. So what he was a head hunter Grayton player though. Laid out Dave Meggett in ninety two. I remember that was yesterday. I wouldn't want to go over to the middle of him.."