You can have your read-option offenses, your fullbacks, middle linebackers and run-support safeties.
That's nice complementary stuff for any team, but the key to winning in the current NFL, with all the rules aimed at making this an "air" league, is having talent at the four spots needed to build a Super contender.
Naturally, it starts with the quarterback, who I believe is now 70 percent of the game.
Then it's the guys who knock the quarterbacks down, the guys who keep those pass rushers off the quarterback and the corners who knock down the quarterbacks' passes.
See the pattern?
That has been my belief for a long time, something I call the "Four-Pronged Approach" to winning football. If a team has a great quarterback, it can help ease the hurt of not having stars at the other spots.
But if a team has a great passer and a great pass rusher, coupled with good talent sprinkled around those two players, watch out.
As I've done for years here, I am using my four-pronged approach to rate each of the 32 teams. Each of the four categories has players ranked 1-32, one per team, and the player ranked first gets 32 points down to one point for the player ranked last.
There is a catch. The quarterback spot gets double the points since passers are so key to winning -- now more than ever.
So Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, in the top spot, gets 32 points times two for 64, whereas the top pass rusher, top left tackle and top corner only get 32.
The top team, by far, was the Denver Broncos with 154 points. They earned that big number with top-five players in each of the four categories. The Cowboys were second with 125 points, followed by Green Bay at 124, San Francisco at 112 and the Giants at 111.
Whether this will decide the Super Bowl winner is debatable. What it will show is the teams that have a real chance.
1. Denver Broncos: 154
2. Dallas Cowboys: 125
3. Green Bay Packers: 124
4. San Francisco 49ers: 112
5. New York Giants: 111
6. Seattle Seahawks: 110
7. Houston Texans: 107
8. Atlanta Falcons: 103
9. Baltimore Ravens: 98
10. Chicago Bears: 94
11. New England Patriots: 92
12. Cincinnati Bengals: 91
15. Washington Redskins: 85
16. Kansas City Chiefs: 81
17. Arizona Cardinals: 79
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: 76
19. St. Louis Rams: 74
20. Cleveland Browns: 73
31. Oakland Raiders: 46
32. Jacksonville Jaguars: 31
12. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
23. Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams
6. Aldon Smith, OLB, San Francisco 49ers
17. Chris Long, DE, St. Louis Rams
16. Cortland Finnegan, St. Louis Rams
19. Carlos Rogers, San Francisco 49ers
25. Carey Williams, Philadelphia Eagles
4. Joe Staley, San Francisco 49ers
12. Jake Long, St. Louis Rams
18. William Beatty, New York Giants