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.
The modern history of football -- roughly the first decade of the Super Bowl era -- was shaped by the old school running attacks that dominated the game in the '60s and '70s. The relentless nature of Vince Lombardi's Packers -- and their simple power sweep elevated to brutal perfection -- along with Don Shula's Dolphins and the early incarnation of the Steelers' dynasty under Chuck Noll all shared the crucial qualities of a punishing, efficient running game and a suffocating defense. (It didn't hurt, of course, that this was also the beginning of the cinematic documentation and celebration of those same teams through the seminal work of NFL Films.)
Though we are now 35 years into a new era, marked by the liberalized passing rules put throug...
By Brian Billick
Brian Billick is an acclaimed NFL game analyst for FOX Sports and a Super Bowl-winning coach.
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