I agree with you about having a lead blocker, but if the defense is stacking all 11 in the "A" freaking gap, it won't freaking work anyway...Lead blocker or not!!
So freaking sick and freaking tired of the RUTFM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !
FRoooooooooooothing at the mouth like a crazed dog!!!!!!!!!!!
Remember early in the 3rd quarter in the Cincy game, it was the first play I believe. Cortez Allen intercepts Dalton to set the offense up in the Bengals' side of the field. What does the offense do?
1st down: RUTM, no gain
2nd down: RUTM, no gain
3rd & long: Ben sacked, Steelers have to punt
Not only does this offense need to be more creative in running, they need to develop a killer instinct. Make the other team pay for their mistakes. The offense shouldn't worry about being the defense's nanny with possession time, the offense needs to score points.
Just like we want turnovers by the D to help the O, you want the offense to control the ball to aid the offense.
You can do both.
3 Highest scoring teams in Ben's career had the most run attempts.
The problem in recent years has not been running too much, it is ineffective running when we do run.
Balance plus Ben has NEVER missed a playoff.
Pass heavy plus Ben is 50/50.
This is not speculation, not a theory, it is proven fact.
The reason Haley ran up the middle so much was not necessarily because he lacked imagination...It was because they lacked the personnel at RB to do so...Mendenhall was hurt...Redman and Dwyer were not outside threats...Rainey was ineffective...
There's a time and a place for that, but last season the Steelers took it to the extreme. You want to milk the clock when you have a lead in the fourth. However, when you're defense gets you a turnover on the other team's side of the field, you don't dick around with that. Remember the Denver game? The only reason the final score was respectable was because of how good Ben was on 3rd down. They spent too much of the first half worrying about possession time rather than putting up points. The NFL has changed. It's more about scoring, less about possession and yards against on defense.
If you don't take my word for it, look at last year's playoff teams. Most of them were middle of the pack when it came to time of possession. The Ravens were 30th in that regard.