Edgerrin James
In NFL, Passing Pays Off

Known as the dean of American pro football writers, Bob Oates has been long known as a strong advocate of pass offense, the subject of this two-part series. The first part follows. The emergence of pass offense as the decisive way to win championships and Super Bowls is the most radical NFL change of the most recent two decades of American football. The present passing era has arrived so gradually and incrementally that many football fans, players and even coaches haven't noticed that the day of the running back as a dominant force has passed. As 32 teams head out this month toward Super Bowl XL, the three best teams — the AFC's New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts...