NFL  > Chicago Bears  > Route to Super Bowl doesn't require star receiver
July 19, 2009, 11:13 PM
Rick Gosselin over at the Dallas News wrote this article, I found it interesting considering the Bears W.R. status. I'll post some phrases from the article it should make for some interesting discussions.

Quite simply, the game has changed ??? as have offensive priorities. The blue-chip wide receiver isn't as important in the championship equation as he was in the 1990s.

Neither of the last two Super Bowl champions ??? Pittsburgh in 2008 or the New York Giants in 2007 ??? had a Pro Bowl wide receiver that season. Neither had a Pro Bowl quarterback, for that matter. The Steelers finished 17th in the NFL in passing and the Giants were 21st.

When the New England Patriots won back-to-back titles in the 2003 and 2004 seasons, their top wideouts failed to crack the NFL's top 30 in receiving those seasons. Deion Branch finished 42nd in 2003 and David Givens 40th in 2004. Baltimore's top wideout in its 2000 championship season was Qadry Ismail, who finished 68th in the NFL.

Only two NFL champions in the 2000 decade lined up a Pro Bowl wide receiver in their Super Bowl seasons ??? Troy Brown for the Patriots in 2001 and Marvin Harrison for the Indianapolis Colts in 2006. The rest preferred quantity over quality on the flank.

A link to the article here: http://tinyurl.com/ks4wfm< /a>

There is also an interesting comparison table at the bottom of the Article comparing the numbers of the average top receiver on Super Bowl-winning teams from 1991-1999 to 2000-2008:

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