GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Any team that makes it to the Super Bowl is obviously doing several things right. Whether it's schemes, roster decisions or general philosophies and play style, it's working. And, every offseason, teams around the NFL somewhat adapt to what's working.
The Green Bay Packers were that team two years ago. After winning Super Bowl XLV, the offensive system of play-calling head coach Mike McCarthy was used as reference points throughout the league, as was defensive coordinator Dom Capers' 3-4 scheme.
Every team has its own style, of course, but it's natural -- and smart -- for the 30 teams not in the Super Bowl to learn from the success of the final two teams remaining in the postseason.
The San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens didn't emerge out of the bottom of their respective conferences this season. Both of this year's Super Bowl representatives lost in their conference champion games last season and took the next step forward this season.
Clearly, the 49ers an...