Originally posted by znk916:
Bottom line, it's all on our OL.
Not true. The line absolutely makes a difference, but it's not all on them.
1. Gore has been missing holes that have been there. I've pointed this out before, but each game there are at least one or two holes that he misses.
2. Gore has always been a boom or bust kind of guy. He'll have a bunch of short yardage runs then rip you for a 40 or 50 (or 80) yd run. His YPC this year is second only to his 2006 year.
3. Unfortunately running backs (especially power backs like Gore) tend to only last 4-6 years in the league before they start having problems. This is Gore's fifth season (no, I'm not saying he's over the hill)
4. Of the top 5 running backs in the league, only 2 of them are on winning teams. One is AP with the Vikings, the other is MJD with the Jaguars (and their wins have come against some pretty poor teams).
5. Chris Johnson is number 2 on the list of RBs, but the Titans didn't start winning until they put VY back in there and started throwing it more.
Conclusion: This league is a passing league. It wasn't always that way, but that's the way it is now. You have to be able to put points up on the board in a hurry or you won't win. (The teams with the best records are all heavy passing teams).
Now a better O-line will definitely help as will a good change of pace back (not Glen Coffee), but you can't lay the lack of rushing yards on the line (at least not all of it).