Well, I don’t know that anyone who watches them on a weekly basis believes them to be an elite defense.
When I say elite, I mean in today's NFL. Certainly they aren't even in the same conversation as even half way decent defenses of years ago. Nobody in the NFL is because of the rules changes. But as for what is out there today, I would rather have a defense that bends a lot but comes up big in the clutch than one that looks really good statistically yet chokes in the pressure situations.