Re: Good Running Game Overrated?
posted at 5/23/2012 1:20 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Good Running Game Overrated?
[QUOTE]There are two things that have to happen for Wozzy's clock-killing running approach to work: 1. You have to be able to get first downs running the ball. If your running game isn't good enough to give you a lot of short yardage plays on second and third downs, you end up with a lot of shortened drives and a lot of punts, which doesn't do anything to help control clock. 2. Your defense has to be good, because running a 10 minute drive doesn't really help you all that much if the other team comes back and scores a TD in two or three minutes. Now, if you have a truly good running game that can consistently get yards and first downs and your defense is good, running a lot (maybe even more than the NFL average of ~43% of the time) is a good strategy. If you can't though, the running game is more important as a way to shift what you're doing and keep the defense off balance than a way to eat clock. Most teams are using it more for diversity than for the clock-killing strategy Wozzy is talking about. To play Wozzy's game you really need both an exceptional running game and a good D. That wasn't the Pats last year, which is why BB did something else.
Posted by prolate0spheroid[/QUOTE]
1. Would you agree that even if a team has a pedestrian 4 yard per attempt average and they run twice they will be likely to get close to ten yards for a first down?
Isn't Tom Brady more likely to complete a short (1 or 2 yards) first down attempt if the opposing team isn't sure whether the next play will be a run or pass because the offensive coordinator for the Pat's has been mixing it up all day, keeping them off balance?
2. Every team that hopes to win needs a good defense, not just teams that choose to run. This makes no sense at all.
Offense, defense and special teams work in tandem, what one does affects the other two. Offense doesn't happen in a vacuum. Until the naysayer's here understand that all three phases work together than all this talk about balance goes completely over your head. You completely dismiss the clock and field position as if it is nothing.
Whether BB chose to run less because of lack of talent amongst his runningbacks or possibly their health last season (and previous year's) is unknown both to me and anyone else here, none of us are privy to a genuine injury report or Bill's innermost thoughts on the limitations of his backs... even those who post their opinion as if it is fact.
But I know that Josh McDaniel's is the last coordinator who provided some semblance of balance to our offense and we now possess a stable of young, athletic, workhorse backs that can catch out of the backfield so there should be no excuses this year.
I have high hopes for the offense this year that they will be more than a finesse team that only produces in the regular season and can overwhelm superior playoff caliber defenses to impose their will.