On October 18, 2009 the NY Jets, as a team, rushed the ball 40 times for 318 yards (i.e. 8 ypc). Any time a team rushes for over 300 yards, the assumption would be that they won the game hysterically laughing going away. Did the Jets win that day? Nnnnnope. Is it because they didn't have balance (30 total passes to 40 total rushes)? Nnnnnope. They lost that day because they didn't run the ball MORE. Mark Sanchez and his 5 interceptions snatched a defeat from the jaws of what should have been an easy victory.
I raise this question because I've been hearing chatter about balance. "Marty needs to call more runs so that we have more balance." Well... eff that. To heck with balance. Balance sucks. If your goal is "balance" then you're doing it wrong. You do what works. And you keep doing it over and over and over and over. Why? Because it works.
If an opposing team has some undersized, slow schmuck that can't cover to save his life playing a ton of snaps at corner; guess who's lucky day its gonna be? Run the train on the schmuck. All day. If the schmuck is at d-tackle, then run it at d-tackle. All day.
There's two irrefutable rules in this here game:
1) Take what they can't stop you from taking. Take it and laugh. Take it and laugh at how stupid they look, knowing its coming, and still not being able to stop it. Take it and keep taking it. And keep laughing. Take it without mercy or remorse. Take it until they quit. And then take it again.
2) Take what they give you.
Balance is a cool story. We had balance against the Patriots last week. But I wish we didn't. I wish we ran the ball more last week and won. Balance isn't what it's about. It's about taking what you can take.