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Falcons offense or Falcons defense: what's more important?

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The Falcons have a lot of work to do. I don't think a single Falcons fan ended last season thinking differently. And to be sure, they need help on both sides of the ball. If the offensive line doesn't improve, there's a good chance Matt Ryan's prime is wasted. At the same time, if they don't add some play makers to the defensive line, playoff success is essentially a non-possibility.

Improving both the offense and the defense will involve multi-step processes. Some of those first steps were already taken. The Falcons added coaches on both sides of the ball, while shoring up their front office with an eye towards player acquisition. Going forward, in both free agency and the draft, the Falcons will look to add the right personnel. But they'll have to prioritize. At some point, they will have to decide whether the offense or the defense is more important.

In my mind, the defense has to be the main focus. I understand we need to put points on the board, but wins are hard to come by when the offense has to put 40 points on the board every game. The offense needs just a couple capable linemen, while the defense has glaring weaknesses at every level. From the line to the lack of depth in the secondary/linebacking corps, the defense isn't what it needs to be.

So what say you? Is the offense or the defense more important? What should the Falcons prioritize in free agency and the draft? Discuss!