The PatternMaster Posted October 22, 2007 Report Share Posted October 22, 2007 I'm sure we're all aware of the stats of the correalation between the amount of rushing attempts tied into our record, I believe when we rush the ball 30 times or more our record is 27-8, which would make us one of the elite teams in the NFL. When you see a stat like that it makes you wonder why they don't make sure they run the ball atleast 30 times every game, regardless of the score. Yesterday they were down by 13 pts late in the 3rd quarter but for some reason they stuck with the running game and it paid off, ultimately sparking the comeback. But why was yesterday different, why did Brat uncharacteristically stick with the running, maybe he forced too...Even after they fell behind 23-10 just 3:45 into the third quarter. It doesn't take much for offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski to start chucking the ball, but he stuck to the game plan and joked in the second half that he thought he was in detox when he started shaking because he couldn't call passesWhy is it that Brat "couldn't" call passes..."We felt running the ball was the best way to beat them," Bratkowski said after calling it 41 times. "We challenged them at halftime. We knew we had to make every snap and run count." For the first time since quarterback Carson Palmer can remember, the Bengals didn't use the no-huddle since they installed it.What's all this "we" business, do you guys think Brat got some suggestions as to how to call the plays and which ones to call from some higher ups who didn't like to see a pass on 3rd & 2 in the red zone?Football is a physical game in which one team has to impose their will on the other and running the ball is the perfect way to achieve that goal. Running the ball also helps a struggling offensive line because it allows them to set the tone with their opponents and gives them confidence. Plus it opens things up for our dynamic wr duo, teams can't double team TJ and Chad if they have to worry about stopping the run.. but we all know this, why isn't done every game is another question. I think Brat is an offensive genius, he's a wonderful play caller when he's calling a balanced game. Maybe he doesn't have confidence in our running backs(see first day draft picks, none of whom have played this season btw) but whatever the reason he just doesn't call balanced games on a consistant basis. The best offenses in the past 30 years have been balanced ones, the 49'ers of the 80's could beat you throwing the ball to Rice or handing off to Craig, the Cowboys of the 90's had the same deal with Emmitt and Irvin, the Colts are at their best when they a compliment to Peyton either name Edge or Addia, get my point. I believe we have the talent to acheive the balance on offense we just need the play caller, whether it be Brat or Carson to believe as well. I think some times we over complicate things on offense because we have such a studly qb and wr's, but this is not Arena football, and most successful team run the ball well and play good defense, simple but effective."We finally gave the OC confidence that we can run the ball; we emphasized it this week," Whitworth said of Bratkowski. "Now we have to keep on doing it."Right you are Whitworth.... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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