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?