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Off-Season Priority #1: Find A Running Game

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by TheFinisher, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. bracey

    bracey Active Member

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    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.
  2. BruceLee5450

    BruceLee5450 Well-Known Member

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    lol the stats don't lie man... 31st in rushing with a 3.6 YPA . Don't ignore the facts man. It's not just short yardage, they get killed on 1st & 2nd down
  3. Venger

    Venger Well-Known Member

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    We have a decent running BACK. We have a very substandard running game...
  4. AdamJT13

    AdamJT13 Salary Cap Analyst

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    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.
  5. Yoshimitsu

    Yoshimitsu Lurch

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    Number one priority needs to be defensive line. New DE's and NT's. guys like Spears, Coleman, and Ratliff ain't gonna cut it anymore.
  6. dogberry

    dogberry Well-Known Member

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    Is Levitre the best pass blocking fa guard, and how much will he cost?
  7. zack

    zack Well-Known Member

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    Agree with you brother! See what I had to say about it. A good running game would do wonders for the entire team. But it starts up front and we need a lot of help on the oline.

    Not many QB's can get away without a running game.
  8. BruceLee5450

    BruceLee5450 Well-Known Member

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    It shouldn't be #1 I agree, but you do have to improve this offensive line & try your best to balance the run/pass.. We all saw the Giants win their rings by having a great defensive line that could get to the QB.. Maybe, just maybe we should try to develop the same kind of plan & build a young core of guys on the d-line who can bring havoc on qb's
  9. Venger

    Venger Well-Known Member

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    Adam - can you toss some red zone short yardage stats at us? I need to see why your stat doesn't jive with general observation, and perhaps we are keying heavily on red zone situations... or is it 4th down? I want to make sure we haven't done a little specification searching with those numbers...
  10. CaptainMorgan

    CaptainMorgan Well-Known Member

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    Perhaps Garrett just needs to call a more balanced game.
  11. BruceLee5450

    BruceLee5450 Well-Known Member

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    What would help the most is making your defense strong on the other side, so you can continue to stick to the offensive gameplan without worrying about playing in catch up mode. You have your CB's/LB core, now it's time to find some gems at the DE/NT position & plug in a serviceable safety for now
  12. 17yearsandcounting

    17yearsandcounting Benched

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    Exactly, Demarco was averaging over 4 yards a pop and Tecmo was still playing videogames out there. As long as Garretts here we will be a bottom 1/3rd running team. Deal with it.
  13. AdamJT13

    AdamJT13 Salary Cap Analyst

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    We finished sixth in TD/first down percentage on all rushing plays in the red zone. If you go only by runs inside the 10, we finished ninth in first down/TD percentage. Inside the 3, we tied for 17th -- but keep reading.

    One reason why people might think we struggled on short yardage was a few times when we were near the goal line and failed to punch it in on first or second down -- we were 2 of 7 on runs inside the 3 on first or second down. But we went 2-for-2 on third-down runs and 1-for-1 on fourth-down runs, so we eventually did punch it in each time. We scored a TD every time we got inside the 3 this season, because our only third-down incomplete pass was followed by a TD run on fourth down.
  14. Zman5

    Zman5 Well-Known Member

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    1 Seattle Seahawks
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    This is the ranking for run attempts. Most of the playoff teams are on that list. Coincidence? I don't think so.

    Not all the teams on that list run well yardage wise but they still attempt to run.
  15. AdamJT13

    AdamJT13 Salary Cap Analyst

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    Congratulations, you just proved that teams run the ball more when they're ahead in the fourth quarter and trying to run out the clock instead of having to pass to catch up.
  16. percyhoward

    percyhoward Research Tool

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    Where are all these teams who are relying heavily on the pass and winning?

    These were the only QB who had as many as 5 different games with over 40 attempts. None of them had a winning record in those games.

    Games of >40 att/Rating
    13 Stafford 82.3 W3 L10
    10 Brees 86.4 W2 L8
    7 Romo 84.6 W3 L4
    7 Luck 72.0 W3 L4
    6 Palmer 84.9 W1 L5
    6 Brady 82.2 W2 L4
    5 Ryan 81.6 W2 L3
  17. ghst187

    ghst187 Well-Known Member

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    ummm for sure. In addition we need a pounding RB. Murray is awesome but can we count on him for 16+ games in a season? We need either a FA or higher draft pick that is starting caliber.
  18. Omegasupreme

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    Congratulations, you now have to sort through a great deal of play by play stats to back up that claim. You just jumped the shark.
  19. DWhite Fan

    DWhite Fan It ain't over 'til it's over

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    Dallas has the running back in Murray. Just need to fix the O-Line he is running behind ;)
  20. RastaRocket

    RastaRocket Sanka, Ya Dead Mon? Ya Mon.

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    Guarantee Murray and Felix get the job done with a better OL.

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