CALLING for 25 rushes per game has less to do with being in love with running, and far more to do with keeping QB Carson Wentz upright. Whether or not you believe he’s injury prone, the fact is, he sees far too many defenders swarming around him.
The playoff game vs Seattle proved that Wentz won’t be protected from illegal hits, let alone questionable ones. So Philadelphia is 100% on our own at protecting our QB’s. Instead of whining about it, we need to be about the business of fixing the problem.
Play-action would freeze a defense, but if we’re throwing the ball 40 times per game, we can’t sell play-action on 17 to 20 handoffs. Again, this is not about running the ball for the sake of running. This is about having our QB survive 16+ games.
25 handoffs also allows our Offensive Line to fire into the defensive front and take some of the starch out of them. You know, wear them down and tire them out. That way their pass rush is less explosive. Which goes a long way to protecting the QB, and thus the ball.
Running the ball can’t just be something we do to kill clock. It can’t just be a set-up tool. Stop thinking of the run as a shield. It’s not a shield. It’s a second weapon. We need to make a serious commitment to mastering the use of it.
If we are in a constant state of varied attack, it’s harder for our opponents to defend against us, or mount or sustain an attack of their own. Handing the ball off, needs to be a consistent part of our attack,