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Old 09-11-2009, 12:57 AM   #1
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Question Ideas to fix the running game?

Okay, this question is for all you good X & O guys out there. Our offensive line struggled with run play execution all night, but actually showed some real strength and stamina in protecting Ben on pass plays. Although I don't think our O line is fabulous, I think there is enough ability there to do a passable job. The question is...what adjustments can we make to fix it? Do we move away from the inside rushing game we've always come to expect in Pittsburgh and start trying to run around the outside more often? Would a solid FB make a difference? Are our blocking schemes that much different then they were for 10+ years with Cowher? Teams have always tried to put 8 guys in the box against our running game to force our quarterback to win games and we still found ways to be effective running the ball. NOW that we have a quarterback that can make a team pay for that approach we can't run the ball at all. Any ideas?
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Old 09-11-2009, 01:02 AM   #2
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give colon a new 5 year contract and extend essex another 3 years... that should fix it...
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two words: REDZONE REDMAN.....
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Old 09-11-2009, 01:08 AM   #4
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Default Re: Ideas to fix the running game?

I think it's simple and not that complicated. Since we got rid of the lead FB in Kreider, our running game has crumbled over the years.

Without the lead full back, and coming out in single back formations, the defense recognizes this and plays gap assignments, leaving more guys for the offensive line to pick up, always leaving somebody free. Matt Spaeth is by NO means a blocking Tight End in this league, and even though Heath does a great job, we need some kind of lead block regardless of formation.

Bring out a receiver, or TE and work a package with more full back play. I see what Arians is doing. He's trying to mix it up and disguise our rushing attack and putting weapons on the field as decoys. This doesn't play to our strength where we can win in the trenches. This is just my opinion and the way I observe things. Frank the Tank needs to be in that backfield and provide Willie/Mendy/Moore with insurance and guidance. It's the only answer. Power running. The tank whiffed on opportunities, but that could be fixed with consistency and patience.
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REDMAN AND LOGAN..... Its just these guys time.... Does not matter if their rookies.... Not saying these guys are better, but look at what Adrian Peterson did in his rookie season.... If their serious about running the ball..... REDMAN AND LOGAN....
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THROW MORE

Teams know we like to run it so they play dishonest against it. We just lit up the Titans through the air but we didn't commit to it until we absolutely had no other choice (which is even more evidence we should do it more, because teams can't stop us even when they know we're going to pass). We need to come out throwing on first and second downs until teams start to respect our passing attack and play off of the ball. Usually you have to run on teams as a means to open up the pass, but it works both ways.

We're simply waaayyy too predictable with all this run-run-pass nonsense.
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How to improve the running game: pass more.
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REDMAN AND LOGAN..... Its just these guys time.... Does not matter if their rookies.... Not saying these guys are better, but look at what Adrian Peterson did in his rookie season.... If their serious about running the ball..... REDMAN AND LOGAN....
OK, so who gets dropped off the 53-man roster to make room for Redman? And Logan is a WR, not a RB.
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How to improve the running game: pass more.
Yea... its sad but its the truth.... it sure the hell works for Brady....
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REDMAN AND LOGAN..... Its just these guys time.... Does not matter if their rookies.... Not saying these guys are better, but look at what Adrian Peterson did in his rookie season.... If their serious about running the ball..... REDMAN AND LOGAN....
Did you just compare two undrafted and unproven free agents to the best current RB in football? I mean c'mon, neither of these guys would have found holes when there were none. The problem is we didn't get any push in the run game tonight. Their D-Line dominated our O-line plain and simple. We are just lucky that they gave Ben enough time at the end of the game to pull it out.
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