I've always thought pass rush is more important than solid secondary. No matter how good your DB's are - and ours are always among the best - someone will eventually get open if given enough time. There were times in the Georgia and Oklahoma games when Joe could have written his Heisman acceptance speech before making the throw. Much more productive to take away the QB's chance to go through his progressions. The 49ers defense was dominant this year, not because their secondary was so good, but because they were so consistently able to get pass rush with just 4 rushers. The Saints Dome Patrol defenses had average secondaries, but were always among the leaders in team interceptions because the pass rush forced QB's into mistakes. Bottom line, great pass rush helps average secondary much more than a great secondary helps an average pass rush.