10 Lessons We Learned from the 2012-13 NFL Season

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10 Lessons We Learned from the 2012-13 NFL Season
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The 2012 NFL season gave us an exciting, memorable year.

Now that the dust is settling on Super Bowl XLVII, it is time to take one last look back at the 2012-13 NFL season to see what kind of lessons we were able to learn from this special year.

This year taught us a number of new things and debunked some old NFL axioms or theories in the process. In life you always need to keep learning, and that is true for the NFL as well. If any franchise doesn't stay on top of all of the latest trends and new wrinkles, they will be left behind in the dust.

Conventional wisdom from prior decades of NFL history is replaced with the understanding of how the game is being played today. For teams that are leading the charge and staying ahead of the curve, they will continue to be contenders. For the teams that are followers or lagging behind, they will keep winding up with a draft pick in the top 10 selections year after year.

For a team to gain an edge on their competition, they have to be willing to experiment with new schemes and attacks until they find something that works. They can run the new attack until the rest of the league has found a way to stop it. Then go back to the drawing board one more time and start over again.

Giving your opponent more formations to study, different personnel packages and being able to execute multiple things makes it very challenging for defenses to prepare in just one short week. That is just one of the reasons why coaches basically live at their team facilities during the season. There just isn't enough hours in the week to properly prepare for every game.

We will highlight 10 lessons that impressed us during the course of the 2012 regular season and the playoff run that concluded with the memorable Super Bowl XLVII game.

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