By Matt Kamp
“DEFENSE wins championships!”
Avid football fans of the YAYA age group (18-24 year-olds) have heard NFL analysts preach this motto as conventional wisdom since we watched our first snap.
We grew up watching the dominant defenses of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Baltimore Ravens and the early-2000 Buccaneers bring home the Lombardi trophy. Even the high-powered offenses of the New England Patriots, the Indianapolis Colts, and the early-2000 St. Louis Rams had at least above-average defensive squads when they won it all.
But are we rebelling against this traditional view of the game?
After the storylines of Tebowmania and the Packers near-perfect season have faded, new headlines whisper a concept that is threatening to change the history of the game forever. And the YAYA generation loves it.
It’s all about the O.
We want action. We want scoring. We want the 42-34 shootout, not the 9-6 snoozer. We find flashy 65-yard bombs more attractive than a hard-nosed 3-yard tackle for loss.
The NFL has become a star-centered, pass-happy, quarterback-driven league, and many YAYAs are embracing this notion. This season’s class of regular-season elite teams and record-breaking offensive numbers is evidence of this. Even Aaron Rodgers and the all-offense Packers are now America’s new favorite team.
While the Saints and Packers failed to meet postseason expectations, the Patriots are playing for their fourth Super Bowl title since 2002. But this Patriots team is different than past champions. Their overall defense is ranked 31st in the league. They have put their entire season’s hopes squarely on the shoulders of Tom Brady and their offense in a way that has never before been so successful in the NFL.
The Patriots will face the New York Giants, a team that has traditionally built their wins on a solid defensive foundation, but even they are led by a top quarterback, Eli Manning.
Many football veterans argue that this new flourishing of offense can be attributed to rule changes that protect the league’s quarterback stars. Whatever the case, most young sports fans approve of this change. Football is more popular than ever, and offense is becoming the focus.
Do you think the millennial generation’s love for offensive shootouts rather than defensive shutouts will carry on to future football fans? Please leave a comment!
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This entry was posted on Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 at 11:18 am
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