It's crystal clear to me that when our running game is going well, our offense is unstoppable. But, when we are a one-dimensional throw-only team, we are stoppable by the better teams. Not the the Eagles
or the Raiders
or the other teams in dissarray. We can beat them no matter what. But the teams like the 49ers
and the Giants
and the Falcons
- we have to have our running game to complement our air attack.
First of all our play calling has to improve. I don't remember a reverse all season. Screen passes are a rarity and they used to be part of our bread and butter repetoire. Running outside- even off tackle, is rare also. Everything is between the guards. There has to be variety and an element of surprise. And if I see Mark Ingram
run up th middle on first down for 2.5 yards one more time I am going to throw up. Which brings me to the next issue.
If Ingram is going to be your go to guy, then go to him. No running back can excel with 8 carries. If Ivory is going to start the game, don't make him an afterthought when he statistically is having a better game than the rest of the backs. And if you're going to marginalize PT, then marginalize him. Don't put a large sign on him that says
"I am only in the game to help pick up the blitz!" None of our RBs get truly into the flow of the game. In the first half they almost did but not really. In the second half it was a joke.
We are giving away our tendencies by our selection of running back personnel. If Sproles is in, we are not going up the middle. If Ivory is in, we are not throwing the ball to a RB and we are probably passing. If Ingram is in and it's first down, we are running up the middle. If he's in on second down or third, we probably are running up the middle if we run. If Pierre Thomas
is in ( and he usually isn't) we have decided to throw and we know you are sending a blitz so PT will be blocking and then releae as an outlet pass.
Geez, we have made it so easy on defenses. And, we still move the ball pretty well on all but the best. To have success, this has to change. We should sit one RB every game and have one other RB hardly get the ball so the other two can get into the flow of the game. They gain 2 yards, then a yard, and then 7 and then you don't see them get the ball for 20 minutes time. It just doesn't work.
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