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What did 2013 teach Jeff Fisher?

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Even before Jeff Fisher arrived we were hearing from Titans fans, the web, and everyone else... that the coach believes in a heavy run first offense. I don’t know about you, but I’m more inclined as a fan to want to see deep passes, and acrobatic catches that take your breath away.

It doesn’t appear the Rams are headed in that direction after the trouble with the spread early last season, and the later success with the running game.

What goes around comes around, and it looks like the forgotten running game and decline of the running back is making a comeback. Here are the top ten rushing teams from the regular season.

Rank

TEAM

ATT

YDS

YDS/A

LONG

TD

YDS/G

1

San Francisco

92

454

4.9

58

3

151.3

2

New England

62

298

4.8

73

7

149

3

New Orleans

62

293

4.7

18

2

146.5

4

Seattle

64

289

4.5

40

3

144.5

5

San Diego

58

261

4.5

58

2

130.5

6

Denver

62

240

3.9

28

1

120

7

Indianapolis

40

169

4.2

21

1

84.5

8

Kansas City

32

150

4.7

16

1

150

9

Green Bay

31

124

4

10

1

124

10

Cincinnati

25

113

4.5

12

0

113

You might notice a couple of teams on this list who are going to this year’s Super Bowl.

With that being said I wanted to take a look back over the past season and see how the pass vs. the run percentage worked out for the Rams.

Pass

Net

Rush

Net

# of

Week

Opponent

Final score

Attempts

Pass Yds

Attempts

Rush Yds

Plays

% Pass

% Rush

1

Cardinals

W 27–24

38

299

24

67

62

61.29%

38.71%

2

Falcons

L 24–31

55

352

18

69

73

75.34%

24.66%

3

Cowboys

L 7–31

49

197

12

35

61

80.33%

19.67%

4

49ers

L 11–35

41

170

19

18

60

68.33%

31.67%

5

Jaguars

W 34–20

34

208

36

143

70

48.57%

51.43%

6

Texans

W 38–13

16

117

25

99

41

39.02%

60.98%

7

Panthers

L 15–30

34

254

63

21

97

35.05%

64.95%

8

Seahawks

L 9–14

31

139

37

200

68

45.59%

54.41%

9

Titans

L 21–28

35

203

32

160

67

52.24%

47.76%

10

Colts

W 38–8

16

232

37

140

53

30.19%

69.81%

11

Bye Week

0

12

Bears

W 42–21

22

148

29

258

51

43.14%

56.86%

13

49ers

L 13–23

38

198

26

114

64

59.38%

40.63%

14

Cardinals

L 10–30

27

157

19

100

46

58.70%

41.30%

15

Saints

W 27–16

20

158

34

144

54

37.04%

62.96%

16

Buccaneers

W 23–13

20

148

39

129

59

33.90%

66.10%

17

Seahawks

L 9–27

30

145

18

13

48

62.50%

37.50%

There are a lot of things that you can interpret from this data. I’m sure not everyone will agree with what I see, and some of you may see things I missed. For now here are some things we should think about when it comes to what kind of offense we can expect next season.

Why does that matter? Because now is the time to plan for the future and dial in our draft picks. Okay in no particular order here are a couple of items that stand out to me.

  • Out of seven games that the Rams won, six of those wins had more rushing plays called than passing plays
  • Those games also had at least 100 yards rushing, except one game that had 99

It’s obvious that we had more success with a decent running game, than trying to be pass-happy. Yes balanced is truly having your cake and eating it too!

If Sam’s passing abilities been available, along with that ground game in the last half of the season, I'm sure we would have made the play-offs. In week 8 against the Seahawks, and week 9 against the titans… we had huge ground games but not the skills to put the ball in the end zone like Sam was doing on a regular basis before his injury. Take the costly INT’s off the board from Clemens, and it makes it even more possible.

The front office has been saying that they are happy with the wide outs. Perhaps that’s a clue that adding a running back this year and getting rid of the dead meat on the bench is a real possibility.

Fish may be looking at these guys:

Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona//Round 2-3

Walter Football: 12/21/13: Carey was suspended for the first game of this season, but has been red hot after returning to the lineup. He has averaged 5.3 yards per carry for 1,716 yards and 17 touchdowns. Carey has also caught 26 passes for 173 yards and a score. He has gone over 100 yards rushing in every game this season - with a 232-yard total against Utah. Carey recorded 132 yards on 30 carries against Washington and scored four touchdowns against Colorado. His most impressive performance was 206 yards on 48 carries and four touchdowns versus Oregon.

Lache Seastrunk, Baylor//Round 2-3

Walter Football: 12/21/13: Seastrunk started the 2013 season on fire before cooling down. He has picked up 982 yards and 11 touchdowns on only 126 carries (7.8 average). The senior was injured against Oklahoma and missed the games against Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.

Seastrunk had 156 yards and a touchdown on only 10 carries against Louisiana-Monroe. Even though he only played the first half against Buffalo, he totaled 150 yards on 17 carries with three touchdowns. Seastrunk ran for 172 yards on 15 carries with two touchdowns against West Virginia. He had some highlight-reel runs running over defensive backs and accelerating away from other defenders.

Tre Mason, Auburn//Round 2-4

Walter Football:" 12/21/13: Auburn made it to the National Championship Game in large part because of Mason. He had monster performances against Alabama (29-164-1) and Missouri (46-304-4). Mason showed real speed to break off long runs. He also runs with excellent body lean and pad level to pick up yards after contact.

This season, Mason has rushed for 1,621 yards with an average of 5.7 yards per carry with 22 touchdowns. He has caught 11 passes for 121 yards, too. Mason had a huge game against Texas A&M (27-178) to lead Auburn to a road upset. He also played well against LSU and Georgia. Mason has showed a nice mix of quickness, cutting ability and vision. He has nose for the end zone."

I’m headed down the, forget the big receiver, and concentrate on the running game line of thinking lately. Of course that may change later, but it is definitely something we should consider happening on draft day.

I asked the coach if we needed a running back from the draft this year. "DUH!" was all he said. Jeff-fisher7_medium

photo via www.draftpartyblog.com

I like Tre Mason in the 3rd.

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