Originally Posted by El-Gonzo Jackson
When the Raiders tried to run with McFadden, it made the defense honor the run and not just drop in pass coverage.
Haley has tried to run the ball, but not abandoned it. When you try to run the football, the defense has to at least defend it pre snap. That is they there is committment to the run game despite lack of success. A better group of RB's might help.
Exactly-- you stated it better than I did.
That is the difference between Haley and Arians. Haley sees the need to make the opposing defense defend the run, even if the ground game is not tearing it up. It doesn't telegraph to the opposing team that "it is a passing play" and hang Ben out to dry.
Arians did not, because that is what the opposing team expects him to do, so he should do the opposite....