Originally Posted by bracey
We have a running game. A decent one. It just doesn't work on short yardage and that requires an offensive line that can get a push.
We were one of the best short-yardage running teams in the league this season. We actually led the league in first-down conversions on running plays on second or third downs and 2 yard or less to go. We ran the ball 44 times in those situations and picked up the first down 33 times -- 75 percent, tied with the Jets for No. 1 in the league. The worst rushing team in those situations? Minnesota, which converted on only 16 of 32 runs. Also below the NFL average of 66.8 percent were teams such as Houston (65.6 percent), San Francisco (62.9) and Washington (62.8).
If you include fourth downs, we finished second at 74.5 percent, barely behind Denver (74.6). Minnesota (51.4) jumps to 31st, barely ahead of Atlanta (51.2).
"Finding a running game" should not be our No. 1 offseason priority. It should not even be among our top 10 priorities.