It seemed like every time KC got the ball against Philly, I said it's first down, LJ is going to get the ball up the middle. I couldn't believe how consistently predictable it had gotten. I was shocked to find out that Haley was doing the "do it again until you get it right" routine, because I thought Cassel has the skills to throw the ball to get us back in the game.
This kind of reminds me of a game I played in junior high. We kicked off, and the opponent ran it back for a touchdown. The coach was so mad that he made us kick again, instead of receive, and said he was going to keep kicking it until we got it right.
I realize that Haley said he would be happy to win with three yards and a cloud of dust, the problem is that's the stats for the whole first half. I understand all of that doing it the "right" way, but what if it isn't the right way for this team? Does this really look like a Marty Schottenheimer, huge O-Line, with huge Running Backs, with nicknames like the Nigerian Nightmare, type of team? It seems to me the personnel is not suited for the smash mouth approach and that Charles has proven himself to be deserving of starting based on his performance thus far.
Savage seems to be the ideal third down back. With speed and quickness, and fight. That run he made in the preseason was ALL fight. That's the attitude this team needs.
Well, what about LJ? It's the O-lines fault he hasn't broken off big runs, right? Well, I say the opponent needs to be loosened up with Charles runs, passes over the middle, etc. Once the defense is on their heels, bring in LJ to pound the rock. Use him like the Cowboys used to use Marion Barber when the had Julius Jones starting. He would be ideal in the short yardage and goal-line situations, and 4th quarter against worn down defenses.
Do you think Haley is creating the right identity?