Originally Posted by ravidubey
Galloway averaged 19 yards per catch. Kind of hard not to catch at least a few first downs that way. Quincy Carter could not get the ball to the outside either from the pocket or on the run. Witten, Anderson, and Glenn ran interior (read short) patterns and basically comprised the entire passing game by the end of the year. Dallas has no one left to stretch the defense-- unless Randall Williams hands turn from stone to flesh-- we NEED a better OL and running game and we will need to run first.
What NFL team besides Baltimore (who had MVP-calibre preformances at RB and MLB) wins these days with a run-first approach?
You are right. Galloway had some first down catches. Some damn good ones on some long balls. I should have clarified better. Galloway is not the type of receiver that you can go to over the middle for the tough yards. Glenn and Witten were used for this because Galloway is not this type of receiver. At least Parcells believes this or he would have used him in these situations. Key will do this better than Galloway or any other WR playing for Dallas at this time. IMO Glenn can be a deep threat. He has the speed and hands.
I don't agree with a run first approach either. You must be balanced and unpredictable. (Carolina is a good example of this.) That is why Key is an improvent over Galloway. He is a better overall receiver and improves the passing game. As far as offensive lineman and a better running game, I think Dallas made improvements. Rogers was an All-American and voted the Pac-10's O-lineman of the year. Peterman was All-SEC and voted All-American by numerous publications. (ESPN, SI, Sporting News). Jones is a definite upgrade over Hambrick. None of these guys have played a down, so I must admit I am being optimistic. I don't think my optimism is baseless, however.
To anwer your question about teams with a run first mentality, I don't know of any team other than Baltimore either that is prospering.