Originally Posted by aj.
152 total yards today. Not bad for a 3rd down back, even though most of it was after it didn't matter.
Stats picked up in garbage time mean nothing to me. As far as I'm concerned DD and the offensive line got about 28 yards today regardless of what the final stats box shows.
The running game isn't just a problem or "something we need to get a handle on" as Dom would put it. It's THE problem. Without it we're looking at 2002 version 2.0 and Carr is going to be beaten senseless for the third time in three years.
Another year of that level of abuse (which today was delivered by the "dreaded" Indianapolis Colts Defense no less) and Carr's going to be another first round QB who didn't pan out. Not because of a lack of talent or inability to take coaching but because he's going to be too gun shy to be effective. When runningbacks develop a fumble problem defenses work to leverage that. When quarterbacks get happy feet and lose their focus because of a few sacks then the defense is goingg to work to leverage that.
If Carr gets popped like he did today for the rest of the season and averages 5 sacks a game the rest of the way out then you can bet the first page of everyones "VS TEXANS" book is going to read "pin ears back and deck Carr, the rest will take care of itself".
And it will.