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Where did the running game go?

Teams used to find their way into the playoffs with a sturdy run game, maybe a power back with a nice speady running back to complement him. Now that I mention it, this is the strategy the Chiefs used last year, and the year before that, and the year before that. Well have you noticed how frustrated the fans are getting. We want a Championship. The Chiefs have always been a run heavy team. Thats just the way its been. Well my friends this league is turning away from those run heavy teams and now open a new dimension, passing teams with miss-matches, tight ends, h-backs, speedy receivers and so on. The Chiefs need to jump on the bandwagon.


Last year, the top five teams in rushing were:

1) Denver Broncos

2) Houston Texans

3) Carolina Panthers

4) Minnesota Vikings

5) Philadelphia Eagles

Now, for the combined record of the league leaders in rushing the teams totaled up to a (35-45) record. That is very bad considering these teams were elite in the run game. Not only did only 2 of these five make it to the playoffs, but none of them even made it past the divisional round.

The top five in passing:

1) New Orleans Saints

2) New England Patriots

3) Green Bay Packers

4) Detroit Lions

5) New York Giants

Notice that all of these teams made it to the playoffs, 3 of them made it to the Championship games, 2 made it to the Super Bowl, and ahhh... our Super Bowl winner. So, we see that this league is turning toward a passing league. The grand total of the combined records of these teams is (60-20). That is a huge leap.

Defense still matters:

1) Pittsburgh Steelers

2) Houston Texans

3) Baltimore Ravens

4) San Francisco 49ers

5) New York Jets

Although these teams did not make it to the Super Bowl, it shows you that a good defensive team can take you far, but a passing team can win a Championship. So I guess the quote, "Offense sells tickets, defense wins Championships," isn't true after all.

What it means for the Chiefs: Sorry Ups, I don't think the Chiefs should draft David DeCastro, after all. I don't doubt that he will be a great guard at this level, but the money and draft picks need to be spent on getting a Franchise quarterback. I think the Chiefs have a solid defense with Berry coming back and Tamba and DJ coming off pro bowl seasons, maybe enough to sneak in the top 5 in the NFL. In addition, I think the Chiefs running game with Charles coming back and possibly a nice compliment RB for him can be a top 5 team. Finally, IMO the most important key, the passing game, the Chiefs have 3 above average WR's with a nice weapon in Dexter McCluster that if we get the quarterback needed to succeed we could be a top five team. So, I think it is worth the Chiefs trading up for RGIII.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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