We all know that the single greatest goal in the NFL is to win. The tactics that teams employ to achieve that simple goal can be wildly different, though.
There’s no question that not all football teams are created equal. Each player in the NFL brings different strengths and weaknesses to the table, and it is the responsibility of the coaching staff to find a combination of players that will make his team the best it can be.
For some coaches, that means attempting to strike the perfect balance between offense, defense and special teams to form the most solidly-built football team possible.
For others, that means stacking one side of the ball and trusting that by overwhelming the opposition in that area, the weaker elements of the team will make do.
Is one strategy more effective than another? Over the next eight slides, we’ll take a look at some of the most balanced—and some of the most unbalanced—teams in the NFL to find out.