Originally Posted by Rey
Maybe we are watching different games. Arian has not played well this year. He has had some ok moments, but there have been big plays available that Arian hit in past seasons whereas he tripped on a marshmallow this year. Tate has been a non factor this year and that change of pace helped this team out a lot.
I'll put it to you like this: when you are playing a team with a good QB that mixes up it's playcalling you don't sell out against the run because you are scared that QB is going to burn you if you do.
Also, we have only had 1 o r 2 good years of RZ and short yardage offense. This is not new.
You're rewritting history now. Do you not remember all the talk about how this scheme wasn't good for short yardage and red zone? We had one good Red Zone year with Arian and Leach.
But man, you shouldn't need them. Teams don't fear the QB, so they load up on the run. They aren't fooled by the play calling, so they load up on the run.
Teams haven't necessarily been loading up the box on us anymore than they have in years past though & Arian was still ripping off huge chunks in the run game last year with ease.
& It's not just been the red zone, it's been all over the field.
Schaub was here last year...
Kubiak was here last year...
Arian was here last year...
& we ran the same offense.
So then, you have to ask yourself, what has changed from last year besides our schedule? The only logical answer to that is the o-line.
& again, i'm not removing schaub from the equation, but it's undeniable that the o-line, right side in particular, has been issue this season.
Even when we were winning, Foster was still hovering around 3 yds. per carry & since the Patriots game, he's been getting stuffed & hit in the backfield for TFL's moreso than any season prior. The line as a whole just hasn't played well this year.