How to Win in the NFL
Here is a general philosophy that seems to work. If you can stop the run and you can run the ball effectively, you will win more games than you lose. The NFL is a passing league, but football at its core is still a simple game that starts up front in the trenches. Control the line of scrimmage and you win. That is how Pittsburgh won, that is how the Giants won, that is how Indy won, and that is how New England won in recent years. You can go back to the Dallas teams of the 1990s, the 49ers and Redskins teams of the 1980s and the Pittsburgh and Dallas teams of the 1970s and you will see that winning requires controlling the lines of scrimmage.
The second thing that works is drafting well and developing home-grown talent. Dallas and Danny Boy's Redskins have tried to build winners by buying top players at premium prices. It hasn't worked. The problem is quite simple. There is a hard salary cap so while you hear about the splashy free agents these teams lavish money on, they still pay the same overall payrolls as every other team in the NFL. The Cowgirls and Deadskins have some high priced talent (many who underperform) but then must backfill their roster with a lot of guys who get paid the league minimums because they cannot afford any better.
The Redskins seemed to have been committed to rebuilding their team through the draft and last year I thought the team made some progress. But, Danny Boy couldn't resist being a "playa" and yet again blew up his budget to create marketing buzz around the big contracts. When the team goes 8-8 again this year it will all be for naught.