This is an excellent article b/c it forces people to get past the headline in the narrative.
The truth is that a one dimensional team will generally not win a championship. Either they won't make it that far or they will lose the big game. That will be true if the single dimension is offense or defense.
Offense sells tickets is truth. The average fan and the media LOVE offense.
That is why the narrative takes on the tone it does, b/c it seems like more of a "story" when a team with a good/but not outstanding offense but a truly excellent D wins a big game.
The other truth is that the most physical team wins most football games and for sure all big games, and a team with a great defense will be physical so they are on the right track.
While we're at it.... "Establish the run on offense and Stop the run to make a team one dimensional and smother the pass on defense"..... sounds like Dantonio, right? Sparty was outrushed by OSU and Stanford by a wide margin and gave up over 150 rushing yards but had nearly 2x the passing yards in both games.....