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