Every Wednesday until the Super Bowl, Brian Billick will write a weekly column looking in-depth at different aspects of the modern NFL and will discuss experiences and insights he gained while coaching and broadcasting.
This we know: The NFL is a quarterback league, as much as it has ever been.
And also this: The large trends that define the game are moving toward an even greater reliance on passing offense.
But as we've seen so far this year, it is still possible to win football games the old-fashioned way, with a punishing defense, a reliable running game, and barely competent quarterbacking. This is the formula that's been used for ages -- Chuck Knox was famous for it with his "Ground Chuck" attack with the Rams and Seahawks in the '70s and '80s. Marty Schottenheimer used much the same mixture with the Browns of the '80s and the Chiefs of the '90s.
By necessity rather than design, the formula might be revived in the NFL this year. In Arizona, the Cardinals are on Year 3 of t...