Originally Posted by Texecutioner
And I was referring more to Kubiak's turtle approach of running the ball on 3rd down when you need a first down. That's always pathetic. Throw the damn ball and give your offense a chance to move the chains. By running the ball you're essentially saying that we're going to punt and try to let our defense win this game for us. Unless your offense is inside their own 5 on 3rd down I'll never excuse running the ball on 3rd and long.
There were 4 instances when we were third & long & ran the ball.
1) I think was our first 3rd & 14. We opted to run the draw. I didn't have a problem with running a draw at that time. I've heard many times when our fans wonder why we don't run more draws & screens. Granted, they probably weren't talking about 3rd & 14..... but I've seen the draw ran hundreds of times in this same situation, so I had no problem with it here.
2) After one of the nastier sacks, we were 3rd & 9 (I think) we ran the ball again out of the shotgun. The defense was spread out, we had a 5 on 5 situation up front (on the OL) you'd think we would be able to get a big run given that we've got the best running back in the league & possibly the best OL.
3) The last 3rd & long situation. Indy started using their time outs with 3:26 left in the game. They had just used their last time out & we were 26 seconds away from the 2 minute warning. I think he ran the ball there, to get us to the 2 minute warning...... then we kicked a field goal.
4) I did not locate & watch the fourth instance, so I really don't know.
The other 6 times we were in 3rd & long, we threw the ball... didn't get anything out of it. But I'm sure there was at least 1 receiver who ran a deep route I don't think he was ever targeted. Tj hit the shorter crossing routes.
I know when people think of 13-16 that it sounds like we did not attempt to throw the ball very much. But if you look at it in perspective, Arian ran the ball 23 times. If you add the 4 sacks as pass attempts, Tj dropped back to throw the ball 20 times. We simply did not have the number of snaps as every body thinks we did.
There were also 6 runs by Tate & the reverse, so that's another 7 plays that we did not throw the ball. Maybe we should have thrown the ball another 7 times. I don't know.
But I really think this "no faith in Yates" thing is being blown out of proportion.