For all the football historians and purists out there still believing in principles from the way the NFL used to be, this column will likely infuriate you.

The trend of the new NFL is unmistakable, and teams all over the league are attempting to adapt as the years pass by. Gone are the years where teams depend on the downhill, road-grading run games that dictate the tempo.

There certainly are exceptions, but most of them are due to the those individual teams not possessing the great quarterback play needed to advance in the NFL. Basically, as we all knew already, it starts with the quarterback.

Until you have that player, you can continue drafting at other positions but the results wouldn't stray too far from the mean. There may be a playoff appearance every once and again, but unless you have a dynamic player lining up behind center, the odds of making it to the Super Bowl and winning it are worse than just 32-to-1.

Once you finally do have that player, the new rules in the NFL and the trends of offenses that favor more of the spread-style, three-to-five step drop passing games defiantly challenges the philosophies of old.

The tried and true logic from the NFL of old will argue that you build within the trenches on offense, that a good offensive line is key to a team's success. It may only be one man's opinion here, but if your offense is going to the spread style, it makes little sense to allocate premiere resources in to the offensive line without other, more important positions filled first.

The time the quarterback spends in the pocket is lower than ever (due to protection-based rules and slanted rules toward wide receivers), and the discrepancy between great, good and average offensive tackles and guards are becoming more muddled toward the middle than ever before.

Granted, having a below average to marginal player at any of those four positions can become a liability to a team. That's where you trust your pro and college scouting to find players that are just good enough to keep the quarterback upright long enough to make plays down the field.

For a long time, skill players on offense (wide receivers, tight ends and running backs) have been thought as luxury picks early in the NFL draft. With how the NFL is set up for passing games to succeed, the offensive linemen may in fact be the luxury selections.