Originally posted by WestCoastNut:
Gore is very good at catching passes out of the backfield. Now that Hill is in sync with Vernon, with Frank back, the 3rd down outlook brightens tremendously. The O line won't be on its heels so much and should protect better.
We haven't even started playing our wide receivers yet. Even working Battle in more on third down would help.
Then---when Crabtree is in there, we have some weapons. Gore, Davis, and Crabtree can all take plays designed for medium yardage all the way to the house! Look out Colts!
one of the things that I LOVED last year, was how we were moving the chains with plays on 1st downs....as well as 2nd downs.....basically having plays called that got us 10 yards or more in the early downs..... I'm not saying we need to pass it all the time....or try to look for big gains....just that, lets pass early on 1st downs just as much as calling runs.....I think the defenses would be less aggressive and wouldn't know what was coming.
I just don't like the fact that we have to wait till 3rd down to convert to try to convert a 1st down.