Originally posted by 49AllTheTime:
Sucks when our pass puts us at a disadvantage ... Glad we have some decent RBs
I think "disadvantage" is more of a glass half full/empty kind of thing.
It's still early days, but it seems to me that the key story of this year is the arrival of Singletary's big, brutish, blunt force trauma O-line. Those draft picks have finally fleshed out and they're starting to hit on all cylinders. This is a unique weapon in a pass-happy, trend-following league. Better yet, its an asymmetrical weapon against defenses that are primed to stop the pass. For better or worse, this is the way the team is built, currently. So you have to maximize what it's good at, rather than trying to square peg a round hole.
Qnnhan7 raised a nice point in Marvin's post-game post about how effective Smith has become at audibling against defenses. I heartily agree that Smith isn't one of the league's most talented passers, but he is demonstrating that he is among the smartest. Sure he has trouble floating in a delicate sideline pass, but he calls a great game at the line of scrimmage. Moreover, he's got a solid boxer's sensibility. That is, as the old boxing adage goes, you "keep punching the cut eye." If a defense cannot stop the run, you run the ball until they stop you, and when they commit to stopping the run, you gore them with a pass. Outside of the Vikings game, he's been remarkably good at taking what the defense gives him and punishing them for doing so. It's not a sexy way to win, but it's a good result.
Last year, I would have agreed with your remark, but we've seen what Smith is capable of, when necessary. This year, I'm more interested in avoiding the "when necessary." This is a talented football team that should play to its strengths, and I hope it continues to do so.