Re: Redefining Balance
posted at 8/7/2013 10:54 AM EDT
You should change your handle to Commie Contrarian the way you've become a provocateur.
I don't need to tell you that the league has changed, it's all around us, it's the topic of discussion of every sports channel. You seem to think this has no bearing on altered statistics from now to ten years ago. The number of pass plays have increased, why?
In 2001 there were ten teams whose defense had 100+ penalties, in 2012 that number doubled and they all had significantly more than the league leading team (Cards) did in 2001 with 110 penalties.
Seven teams in 2012 had more penalties than the league leading team did in 2001, the number of penalties increased grossly and thats why teams are passing more, they heave it up in the hopes of drawing a yellow flag and they're getting those calls.
Unfortunately for these high flying offenses, the playoffs have not changed at all. The refs have taken a "let them play" attitude in the playoffs and that's why having a physical team that can assert its dominance (running) while not necessary, is the surest way to win.
You have to be able to pass in the NFL to win, that's never been disputed by me or others, but when faced with the dominant opponents you will find in the playoffs and the refs free wheeling ways, you increase your chances of winning if you can smack your opponent in the mouth and pound the rock.
Until they take away the aspects of football that make being bigger, stronger and meaner than your opponent an advantage, this will never change.
The Ravens were more physical than us last year in every way, they ran more than anyone else in the playoffs, they increased their average rushes per game in the playoffs, they ran more than us in the AFC title game, they knocked Stevan Ridley out cold.
Physicality matters, and there is no greater example of offensive physicality than simply attacking your opponent by running it down their throat. This is 100+ years of football history you are trying to erase with your love of regular season fantasy football statistics.