Granted at the end of last year's preseason, I couldn't see where our run game was going to come from. & I was also pretty high on the job our OL did as the season went on. But looking at our starters in the preseason, I've got to say I'm very, very worried. I understand it's preseason, but I've watched other teams in the preseason run the ball much more efficiently than we do, using the same "system". One being New Orleans, and the other Seattle. I've already broken down two of our running plays, the first against Minnesota, and our second in another thread. Here is a third run play against Minnesota. This is after the play Schaub initially hurt his ankle. 5:40 remaining in the second half. 1st & 15 We're lined up in the offset I, with Leach on the strong side. Two wide recievers out to the left, the weakside. Andre Davis, out wide, and Andre Johnson in the slot. Davis motions to the LT before the snap. The Vikings are in a base 4-3 with a Corner on Davis, and no one on AJ. It's times like this, I wish we could audible. Davis motions in, the corner covers AJ, and the WLB moves up to the LOS covering Davis. At the snap, everyone moves right, to the strong side. Vonta takes on the free cornerback that's off to the right, even though both our receivers were on the left. He shoots at Leaches knees, Leach covers him up, and they are both out of the play. Duane Brown is free off the LOS. He heads to the second level, and throws himself at the MLB. The MLB is hardly phased, as he continues to the LOS, and stops Slaton's forward progress. This is one of the things that is bothering me. We throw ourselves at these defensive players in a very futile manner. We should have the same huge advantage every other team has, when their linemen get to our LBs. They're popping us in the mouth, and we're tapping them on the shoulder. Chester Pitts jumps on the ground, as if someone was shooting at him. He lays in front of their back up DT, who jumps over him and continues to make the play & grabs Slaton behind the LOS. White gives Kevin Williams a good shove, to help Briesel get him moving laterally along the line. White then turns upfield, and squares off against Greenway, whom he meets at the LOS. He stops Greenway from getting in on the play, and pushes him off the LOS, about two yards. But Slaton is already being gang tackled behind him. Briesel takes on Kevin Williams one-on-one. He is initially stood up, but the hit from White gets them moving to the right. He does an okay job of clearing Williams, until he's thrown off balance, by running into the feet of Vonta Leach & the Corner back who was free on the right side. Slaton can't get around Briesel, because of the mess made by Leach & the CB, so he has to cut it up, behind Winston. Kevin Williams is able to take advantage of Briesel being off balance, and come back to the play. He contacts Slaton behind the LOS, at the same time that #90 does. Winston, who commited the false start on the previous play, to put us in 1st & 15 to begin with initially puts a good hit on their strong side DE. He passes him off to OD, then tries to move up field. But Briesel pushes Kevin Williams into him, so he dives at the SLB (Greenway) but lands on the ground, totally out of the play. OD takes on the RDE, is stood up, until Winston smacks their guy. I don't know what OD was thinking at this time, but he didn't look too concerned about taking the DE out of the play. Instead, he just "stood in his way" preventing the DE from getting behind him, but the DE was able to go back inside, and help gang tackle Slaton. On this play, there is no lane for Slaton to run through. No cutback for him to cut back to, nothing. Why not? Is it because Minnesota was a top 5 run defense last year? Should we not expect our Linemen to get to & take out LBs? Is Minnesota's LBs so good that our Linemen don't have a chance? On this play, we took both DEs & their SAM out of the play, but our RB was still gang tackled after a 2 yard pick-up.