Originally Posted by wick
To add to the prior point, people tend to confuse the success of play-action passing with the success of running the ball. Play-action passing does work because of how it changes the spacing on the field, resulting in larger windows between the second and third levels of the defense. The fallacy is in the notion that a good running game is a prerequisite for effective play-action passing. There's no correlation between the two. Play-action passing works by tricking a linebacker or safety into seeing a running play develop. Players react to a running play independent of the success of prior running plays.
No one is confusing a damn thing. HC around the NFL will tell you the same thing. You want to think running does not matter? Well given the fact how often teams run the ball why bother? why run the ball at all if it does not matter? This is not flag football