Originally Posted by Doomsday101
When you can do both very well you take the predictablity out of the offense. For some teams that running game means a lot more than to other teams it is part of who they are as an offense and means a lot in terms of their winning and losing. Stats are great but watch the games and the importance some coaches place on their ability to run.
"Placing importance" on running doesn't change whether running it well or poorly affects the outcome of the game. Lots of teams run the ball a lot, and lots of teams pass it a lot. For both types of teams, running it well or poorly hardly affects their chances of winning. If they pass better than their opponents, they almost always win. When they don't, they almost always lose.
For example, the team that passed more effectively went 14-2 in the Redskins' games, while the team that ran more effectively went 9-7. The team that passed more effectively in the Seahawks' games went 14-2, while the team that passed more effectively went 9-7. "Placing importance" on the running game doesn't change the correlation.