It's kind of a strange statement to make, saying a 7th round rookie who didn't even play offense in college is the key to a team's offense, but that is exactly what I think we have here. This is just a completely different team with Bruce on the sidelines. He's a guy who doesn't put up numbers, but his contribution to the team is huge none the less. Think back to the beginning of the season and our offense struggling. Moran Norris was the Fullback in those first two games, the running game was sputtering and the whole offense was in a funk. Norris then suffered the injury in the Dallas game which thrust Miller into the lineup for the Cincinnati game. While the Cincy game was more of the same, things as we know would change. Starting in Philly the running game got on track, and the rest of the offense as coach Harbaugh would say, was Arrow up. This in part was due to Miller's ability to quickly adapt to run blocking, blitz pickup, and being an outlet receiver. That started the run of wins that ended last night. Now, I am not saying his absence is the only or even the biggest reason for the loss, but I think it was an important one. We still may have lost the game as the offensive line struggled pretty badly, but I am sure that Bruce would have been able to halt some of the pressure on Alex in a key situation with his blitz pickup. Maybe he could have gotten a key first down as an outlet receiver. Ugh, I'm getting into hypotheticals and I hate hypotheticals. The point is that I think the team missed him at FB last night a lot more than people realized.
[ Edited by GorefullBore on Nov 25, 2011 at 6:37 PM ]