Re: Once again....lack of a running game
posted at 9/22/2010 2:49 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Once again....lack of a running game
[QUOTE]Forget about all the 70's, 80's & 90's teams... it's irrelevant now. over the past 10 years, one of two things win you a championship. A great D or a great passing offense. Here are the past 11 winners as an example. 2000... Rams... "greatest show on turf"... passing offense vs. run oriented team 2001... Ravens... Great young D, average QB vs solid run team 2002... Patriots... Great D and gameplan and Brady becoming Brady, slinging the ball all over the place on the final drive. 2003... Tampa... good D and 2 pass-oriented offenses 2004... Patriots... 2 solid defenses in a passing showdown in the second half. 2005... Patriots... Solid, but starting show age Pats D and Brady vs. a pass-oriented offense and solid D 2006... Steelers... GREAT D vs run oriented offense 2007... Colts... Pass offense vs. decent D and run-oriented offense 2008... Giants... Superior defense and gameplan vs. pass offense that made no half-time adjustments and forgot that you could call a screen pass once in a while... And guess what won the game... PASSING! 2009... Steelers... Solid D vs. Pass offense... in fact, by '09, the Steelers were even evolving into a more pass-oriented offense and it was their passing game that ultimately won the game. 2010... Saints... Bombs away for 2 pass oriented offenses... The game has evolved folks. Dink and dunk passing more than makes up for lack of a running game... the problem is that ever since Moss and Welker arrived, Brady's had tunnel vision. I long for the days when we just had 3 serviceable receivers and Brady would go to whoever was open. Hell, if Bug-Eyed Reche Caldwell doesn't drop a sure touchdown in the '07 AFC championship, we would've killed Chicago instead of Indy, even with that receiving corps. Look at some of the teams that didn't make it... Chargers... All I ever heard was how they were the best team on paper going into each season... Such a great running game with LT... How far did that get them? How far did the Chiefs get 10 years ago with their great running game? The '98 and '99 Broncos are the only run-oriented team that comes to mind as a Superbowl winner
, and they still had a decent defense and Elway running around like a crazy man... If you're going back to the 70's and 80's, offenses were build differently because defenses weren't so freaking big and fast, so running the ball was a much easier endeavor, but even so, the teams with the best passing attacks and best defenses, were still ultimately the winners. So the bottom line here, is that if we're to do anything while Brady is still playing, he's going to have to lose the Moss/Welker blinders he wears and open things up, because this D isn't going to be dominant any time soon. If BB is such a defensive guru, then explain to me how he let this D slip into old age without retooling it until now. We went from too old to too young pretty much overnight. Forget the running game... if we spread the wealth around like we used to, it's just as good or better than a running game.
Posted by manowar333[/QUOTE]
Just because it doesn't come to your mind does not mean it did not happen. Check out the 70's Dolphins rushing stats vs passing stats. Harris and Bleier??Riggins? And the early 90's Dallas dynasty was built on running the ball, regardless of what BS Rusty comes up with. There are many others.
Besides, the original argument/absurd statement made by STP43FAN/Rusty was that no team ever won the Superbowl with the run, they always "outpassed" the opponent. That is flat out wrong.
Yes, the pass is most often the way teams move the ball now but it has not always been that way.