First, I don't want to deny that our running game has seen better days (ok, MUCH better days). However, I've been thinking about the state we're in and this got me thinking about how things were this time last year.
By this time we'd flogged the Bengals by getting our hurry-up offence working, we'd been pipped by the Eagles after not using Ray Rice enough and we'd edged out the Patriots on the back of a career game by Torrey Smith. Three weeks in, and we'd been living and dying off our passing game.
Many people wanted Cam Cameron's head (some more literally than others no doubt), or at least wanted him to start running the ball more. But one interesting theory I saw was that the coaches knew we were a late-season team and had noticed Ray Rice had been wearing down towards the end of the season.
The theory was that we were simply getting our passing game clicking for the first few weeks, while it was still warm (because you Americans are weird with your seasons getting cold in December ). As a result, come December, Ray and Bernard would be fresher and in a better position to at least become more prominent in games while the passing game already had a bit of momentum under its belt.
Anyway, I can't help but wonder if the coaches are perhaps trying something similar here: intentionally holding our running game back a little bit until it gets colder and it becomes more a question of integrating the RBs into what's already working than trying to fine-tune everything together. It also makes sense if you think about it in terms of getting our receivers some air time with Joe while it's warm.
That said, I'm probably being some crazy-butt homer who thinks our coaches have a masterful level of control over every little thing. Thoughts?