I had to borrow these from another poster, Patriots rushing offense through the years:
Year Rush att Rush yards Average YPG Rush 1st downs
2012 523 2184 4.2 136.5 151
2011 438 1764 4.0 110.3 107
2010 454 1973 4.3 123.3 119
2009 466 1921 4.1 120.1 114
2008 513 2278 4.4 142.4 145 (Matt Cassell QB)
2007 451 1849 4.1 115.6 124
2006 499 1969 3.9 123.1 121
2005 439 1512 3.4 94.5 101
2004 524 2134 4.1 133.4 120
To say that we haven't turned to a more "runcentric" team is completely wrong, above are the stats that prove this. Just because you have an opinion doesn't make it true, it has to be backed up by facts rather than "because I say so." If carrying 3 receivers on the entire roster doesn't spell that out for you I don't know what will?
To get more in depth in the championship years, 2001 we were 8th in rushing attempts, 2003 we were ranked low (12th) because Belichick was conserving Antoine Smith for the playoffs, which we know to be true because we attempted 31 rushing attempts per game in the postseason and Smith was tied with (surprise, also in the Super Bowl) Stephan Davis of Carolina for the most rushing attempts in the NFL postseason and was 2nd in attempts per game.
In 2004 we were ranked 5th in rushing attempts, considering this year we're ranked 2nd in rushing attempts its safe to say that we're not only like those championship teams but we're MORE run happy than those teams ever were.
See folks those are what we call facts, not conjecture or lazyboy coaching but actual facts. These also aren't stats based on complex mathematical formulas that ask you to suspend belief and logic to make a point, but actual NFL rankings
Wait I'm sure there's a complex mathmatical formula coming soon to explain how out of an average of 32 NFL teams these rankings don't matter much because the air speed velocity of footballs in an El Nino atmosphere hinder the time each drive takes...
You guys would be funny if you weren't so predictable.