Mark Dominik was front and center for the glory days of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who became winners due to a suffocating defense teeming with Pro Bowlers.
Dominik joined the club's personnel department in 1995, two seasons before Tony Dungy led the Bucs to their first successful slate in 15 years.
But when Dominik succeeded Bruce Allen as Tampa Bay's general manager in 2009, he couldn't stop talking about how the old rules don't apply to the modern NFL – mostly because of a slew of new rules designed to pad scoring.
Dominik kept emphasizing the need for a dominant offense to match high-scoring franchises such as the Patriots, Saints and Packers. Cam Newton hadn't arrived yet in Carolina, but Dominik said the Bucs needed more firepower playing in a division that boasted Drew Brees and Matt Ryan under center.
Dominik may have been slightly ahead of his time.
The NFL's attack mentality has certainly been evident the past few weeks, when seven of the eight head coaching vacancies were filled by men with backgrounds on the offensive side of the ball.
Bruce Arians (Arizona), Marc Trestman (Chicago), Doug Marrone (Buffalo), Rob Chudzinski (Cleveland) and Mike McCoy (Denver) have all been offensive coordinators at the NFL level.
Andy Reid (Kansas City) was a long-time offensive assistant before becoming head coach of the Eagles and Chip Kelly (Philadelphia) designed Oregon's spread offense that terrorized Pac-12 defenses the past four years.
The only new hire who doesn't fit the pattern is Gus Bradley, the former Buccaneers linebacker coach just chosen by the Jaguars. Even Bradley knows the days of the Steel Curtain and the Doomsday Defense are long gone.
"I don't want all games to be 10-7,'' said Bradley, the coordinator of the NFL's No. 1 scoring defense this season in Seattle. "We need to be explosive. On the offensive side, one of the things I understand is what hurts defenses.''
What will hurt Bradley in Jacksonville is the paucity of talent holding back the league's 29th-ranked offense.
ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer said the NFL's current hiring qualifications are clear.
"Owners are fans, right?'' Dilfer said. "Owners get caught up in the same things fans get caught up in …perception. They're trying to sell tickets. They figure that an offensive-driven team, with the way the rules are set up in the league right now, is the best formula.
"I'm not oblivious to the trends. Maybe why they're attractive is because in the interview process, in their formula for building a team, they're a little more aggressive, a little more cutting edge, a little more willing to think outside the box.''
The numbers seem to back up the current trend.
While 10 of the 12 highest-scoring clubs in 2012 advanced to the postseason, only eight of the top 12 scoring defenses made the playoffs.
By the way, the Bucs were one of the exceptions, going 7-9 despite setting a franchise mark by finishing with a No. 9 offensive ranking.
For Dilfer, NFL owners would be wise to pay more attention to the coordinator positions.
"Head coaches in today's NFL, whether they are offensive or defensive, end up coaching coaches,'' said Dilfer, who spent his first six NFL seasons as a quarterback with the Bucs. "They end up doing a lot of things from 30,000 feet. I don't get caught up in the offensive/defensive thing. You need a global leader.''
And right now, offenses have the NFL world on a string.