Originally Posted by wick
Why do people cling so fervently to theories when the facts debunk them? I understand that seemingly every NFL guy says that you have to run the ball well and stop the run to win and that it would seem to make some sense logically, but if you look at what has actually happened over thousands and thousands of NFL games and find that no, it really doesn't matter how well you run the ball or stop the run, why do so many continue to insist that it does? To do this is to argue against reality.
It's the age old conflict between tactics and strategy. When looking at overarching trends it's obvious you have to pas to win. OTOH when it's game day and a DE is charging upfield and getting to your QB causing your offense to be dysfunctional but running the ball a few times off that tackle gets you chunks of yards and slows the DE down.... neither are wrong.
I think they should try to control for more variables. For example eliminate games where the opposition doesn't generate a pass rush or against opponents that were poor pass rushers coming in. Tkae that and permute it with game situations. That's how you weed out things that are non-causal.