@marc8219, thanks for the advice, I already use the ship like you describe, except I use 3 DHC+ 1 quantum in the front and I didn't skill specifically for max manoeuvrability. But I manage quite well. I just don't envision such a big ship to be in a dogfight with a tiny escort like a defiant.
I would however generally like to see weapon hardpoints like in Starfleet Commad. All ships there had a unique layout and arcs. In STO all ships are extremely generic and only differ in boff power slots. Generic might be easier to balance but is also boring.