In yards per game, the offense is ranked 27 but that doesn't tell the story.
In yards per play, we are ranked 23. Arizona is ranked 20.
Rushing: We are ranked 12 in yards per rush at 4.3. However, we are ranked 30 in attempts.
Passing: We rank 21 in yards per pass at 6.4. However, we are ranked 26 in attempts per game.
I think Raye and Singletary could be right. We SHOULD believe in our run-game. I know we have broken for 3 big runs but just about every team has done this. To be ranked 12 in yards per carry is solid yet we are last in attempts per game. We keep saying we need to pass more but we barely run the ball.
Now, with Alex Smith, we can actually pass less and get back to that 4.3 yards per carry because Alex Smith will be throwing for bigger chunks than Shaun Hill did. This should bring our passing game in yards per attempt up and hopefully get out running game higher in total yards per game due to more attempts.
The personnel to do this in terms of skill positions is now set. The other issue is Play Calling. Raye seems to call the worst plays at the worst times such as a dive on 1st down followed by a screen pass on 2nd and 9 resulting in a 3rd and 7.
Another issue in the Colts game was costly penalties and drops. When we were moving, we shot ourselves in the foot and made a 3rd and 4 into a 3rd and 9 with a false start...
Let's give Raye's and Singletary's plan a few tries against non-dominating teams and see how we fair.
[ Edited by Joecool on Nov 6, 2009 at 11:46:18 ]