The NFL has shifted gears once again, and nothing reveals this reality more than seeing players such as Troy Polamalu complaining about the Pittsburgh Steelers' legacy of pounding the rock taking a back seat to a pass-happy offense.
"We have a pretty good formula here how to win," said Polamalu. "That doesn't change from year to year or from decade to decade. We've had our formula here and it's been good to us.
“But, with the smothering defense, you can't have a pass-happy offense. For example, you would think you could take a great defense and mesh them together, but our defense would not work well with a New England Patriots offense or Indianapolis Colts offense. They may put up a lot of points, but it takes a lot more energy to play our defense than a Tampa 2-type defense."
Poor Troy. He, like a lot of fans, is having a rough time embracing the fundamental changes reflected in the copycat modern era that has the passing offense reigning as king in the NFL.
To add to that, Josh McDaniels' Broncos added a new wrinkle by drafting the most decorated quarterback in college football history. Some coaches have even argued that he is the best player ever at the collegiate level.
Tebow brings a unique blend of tangibles to the game, a blend that infuses mobility with a high degree of passing efficiency.
Tebow broke the NCAA Division I-A four-year career quarterback efficiency passer rating record, while also being the first underclassman to win the Heisman Trophy for his spectacular performance as a sophomore, where he managed to be the first player in history to both rush and pass for 20 touchdowns.
This blend of power and finesse ought to allow McDaniels to reduce head count on his roster at the running back position.
This ought to help shore up the depth at other positions, such as the secondary, given how this pass-happy league can wear down defensive backs.
Having an extra man there could really help the players remain fresh in the fourth quarter, where it can often be make or break as opponents can find themselves airing it out for their lives.
There is one extra roster spot open...
What do we do? Fill it with a runningback, an extra offensive lineman, LB or even go with 7 receivers given the pass happy era we are in?
The reason I ask, is because his contract is up after the season.
This is to save having to go through th trouble of having tag and bag him to another team like the Patriots did before trading Matt Cassel to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Cassels contract was up, so rather than just allowing him to be a free agent, the New England Patriots slapped a franchise tag on him making him there possession. Cassel therefore had to be redeemed in order to escape the hell of being a back up for the rest of his career behind Tom Brady.
Not that that was going to happen mind you, considering there is no way the Patriots where going to pay Cassel 10 million dollars to sit behind Brady, thing the tag did however was delay the time hcassel could have been in camp preparing for a team.
The new CBA could in effect do away with that practice so there is something else to contend with regarding getting any value for the effort put into Kyle Orton having a break out season....
did to when they slapped the franchise tag on him after his
What role is Tebow going to play in the Wild Cat/Wild Horse base offense this season?
Maybe we will see the receivers running with the ball more this season, especially with Tebow lined up as a wide receiver in the wild cat/wild horse
If McDaniels chooses to go with a third running back, the position could turn out to be the must see battle of all the battles in camp;
Here are the contenders...
Toney Baker, Lance Ball, Bruce Hall, Kolby Smith and J.J. Arrington
Brandon Lloyd will look to give Brandon Stokley a run for his money. This is one of my must-watch battles of training camp.
One more thing we need to keep an eye on in Training camp is the progress Ryan Clady makes after having undergone surgery to repair a torn left patellar tendon.
The probablity of Clady starting the season on the pup list is not out of the equation. If that is the case Broncos will need to add another player to that unit.
Yet another very interesting battle in the saga of the Broncos 2010 Training Camp. Now which of these players are going to be able to step up and be a cog in the wheel of this offensive line?
Darrell Reid, Jarvis Moss, and Jammie Kirlew will be a must-see battle in camp.
OT Paul Duncan
RB Tony Baker
LB Devin Bishop
DL Ben Garland
OT Chris Marinelli
TE Nathan Overbay
WR Matt Willis
LB Kevin Alexander