GMTom wrote:Your "imagine if" scenario could just as easily work against you. Defenders now are not as tough and don't do what was once done, if their current "finesse" game would likely allow offenses to score more!? Just as the older players playing now would be flagged for dozens upon dozens of penalties and could not play the receivers like today's players. It's simply something that can not be compared.
Take your what if and turn it around,
Put the Steel curtain defense in a game today, playing under the old officiating rules and they would shut down everyone. The Hawks in the 70's playing under the 70's rules would get crushed as well! Flip the rules and you have a different story.
I don't see how their "finesse" game would allow offenses to score more. What do you mean exactly when you say defenders aren't as tough as they once were? Teams used to run more, sure. Maybe you can argue defenses are worse against the run today. That doesn't usually result in more points. Scoring is way, way up in the NFL these days..that's not a coincidence. Pretty much directly correlated to more passing.
Playing defense in the NFL is extremely hard right now. The rules are in a transitional period where most players still grew up learning to play a very different way than how they're told to play now as pros. You've been able to see teams get better at it the last few years, but it's obviously still tough. The league is blatantly morphing its game into an offensive game, and it's not just because of concussion research. It's also because of fantasy football, ratings, scoring, money.