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  • It takes more than running the ball and playing D to win in today's NFL

    Many fans and media seem stuck with this old mindset that to win in the NFL a team needs to be able to run the ball and play defense, and act as if passing the ball is secondary. People with this mindset point to 'blue collar', rough, tough teams that win in December and January with tough defense and a running game that can grind it out. In today's NFL, that's no longer enough. Being able to pass the ball is more important than ever. The rules of the game have been tweaked to help the passing game. I was having a debate with a Rams fan who told me that new coach Steve Spagnolo was going with a philosophy of tough defense and Steven Jackson running the ball. That sounds good, but if the Rams want to win a Super Bowl, they will also need to balance their offense with an effective passing game. To back up my point, I want to point out the epitamy of 'blue collar', tough defense, grind it out teams: The Steelers. Look at the way their team is built. Yes, they can play defense and run the ball, but they also have a 1st round QB with a $100 million contract, they drafted Santonio Holmes in the first round, Limas Sweed in the second round, Hines Ward was signed to a large extension not long ago, Heath Miller was a first round pick and they throw a good bit to their RB's. I just wanted to point this out for people who think QB's are just there to 'manage a game' or 'not lose games' and that passing is secondary. That's a myth.

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    Throw to score. Run to win.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by yourfavestoner View Post
      Throw to score.
      Throwing = Scoring.

      Scoring = Winning.

      Throwing = Winning.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by MetSox17 View Post
        Throwing = Scoring.

        Scoring = Winning.

        Throwing = Winning.
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        Red = Color

        Rose = Color?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by *** Ork Wang View Post
          Rose = Red
          Red = Color

          Rose = Color?


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          • #6
            The Steelers were ranked 23rd in run offense this past season. The Cardinals were dead last. I'm not trying to say that running isn't important. Just that passing that ball is just as important. Some teams succeed with run first offenses, but there are also teams that succeed with pass first offenses.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Halsey View Post
              The Steelers were ranked 23rd in run offense this past season. The Cardinals were dead last. I'm not trying to say that running isn't important. Just that passing that ball is just as important. Some teams succeed with run first offenses, but there are also teams that succeed with pass first offenses.
              wow, what an insight into football! Never actually realized that.

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              • #8
                Last 2 superbowl winners- New York Giants and Pitsburgh Steelers(defensive and running teams)
                Last 2 superbowl losers- New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals(passing teams)

                End of discussion


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                • #9
                  i dont think anyone who is a real football fan really thinks that after TGoT and the Patriots.

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                  • #10
                    So your saying that you need a good QB who is a good passer to win games in the NFL? This is ground breaking stuff.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by TACKLE View Post
                      So your saying that you need a good QB who is a good passer to win games in the NFL? This is ground breaking stuff.
                      And good 1st round WR, TE, and receiving Rbs.

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                      • #12
                        Your title actually should be "It Take more than Running the ball to win in Today NFL."

                        If you don't play defense good luck winning. Examples Denver Broncos, threw the ball quite a bit, and then they decided not to play defense end result almost made it to the playoffs.

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                        • #13
                          Forget all this pass vs run vs defense ********.

                          A team needs to be balanced. You don't always need to be the best run defense or pass defense, just GOOD ENOUGH and the same goes for the offense.

                          With the exception of the Steelers, there's hasn't been a real defensive powerhouse win for about 6 seasons

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                          • #14
                            Defense no doubt does in championships. It wasn't by fluke that the top 3 defenses in the NFL, all played in their respective championship games. And just because you look at where these guys were drafted doesn't mean Pittsburgh is a gun-slinging team. Holmes was a first rounder but was a huge underachiever this whole year. And really only did something in the SB, not saying it wasn't important but without Holmes they still would have made it there. Sweed was a non-factor.And if you say the Steelers couldn't run very well, they were more of a passing team that is also wrong. Big Ben was 14th in the league in yards, and 15th in TDs.

                            It WAS their defense.

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                            • #15
                              If they can't score you can't lose defense is the most important thing in football. Running and passing are both secondary. Running the ball effectively will beat passing the ball effectively because you control the clock. Passing isn't unimportant specially if you need that 2 minute drill.
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