Militaries have always had champions of the smash-mouth, "Wherever the enemy be, let us go there and fight him" style of direct confrontation that gets the troops' blood flowing.
But it's equally true that there have been many great strategic generals and commanders, and I'm not certain that people appreciate the strategy that was present even in the early days of martial conflict. After all, the Romans had their full complement well-armed, able-bodied jocks at Cannae, and Hannibal annihilated them by tricking them, and using against them their 'jockish' instincts of constant attack.
Generals more disposed to defensive tactics, or deception, rather than a straight-out brawl were often looked down upon by outsiders and sometimes by their own troops i.e. Fabius - but they won.