When did the game changes so much that it has become taboo to run the ball on third down and three yards to go. I remember the old Kansas City games back in the 90's when Marty Schottenheimer was the coach, he ran the ball all the time on 3rd and 5 yards just saying we are going to pound the rock and if you stop us then you stop us but we are going to pound it.
I miss those games, I still remember one of the hardest hitting games I have ever seen in my life was a Kansas City vs Denver game in the late 90's or early 2000's when i was in High School. It was a classic we are going to line up and everyone knows we are going to run it but you just try and stop us.
I think John Skelton will be just fine but I think this is what we need to do to get the first couple of games in the bag. Have skelton throw maybe 20 times in Seattle and run the rock and reily on our defense. This is a winnable fomula.
Now i know people are going to say but its a passing league, there is no way we can win without a QB that throws 40 times a game. But lets look at Alex Smith, (which on a side note, I don't think he can repeat his performance from last year) he only threw the ball about 28 times per game last year, completing 17 of those while taking 44 sacks. Yet at the end of everything he is sitting there at 12-4 at home in the first round of the playoffs.
People drive me insane talking about how this team is going to be a top 5 draft pick team next year. Where as I truly believe that this team is closer to going back to the superbowl then they are of drafting in the top five next year. Every team has question marks when opening the season. Its up to the coach to scheme this teams strength vs the other teams weaknesses while keeping his weeknesses from costing him the game.
First in ten: run the ball for 4 yards
Second and 6 run the ball for 4 yards
third and 2 run the ball for 4 yards.
Repeat...... 4 yards, is 12 feet, or 144 inches, or 365 cm..... LETS PLOW THE ROAD.....