For a run game to be effective you have to be able to run enough to force the defense to commit 7 or 8 guys to defending the run. That then opens up the passing game when the safety has to commit to the run.
If you go to 4 or 5 receivers sets we will use a nickel package and only put 6 in the box. Unless Edge has great success that won't change. That is what we did in the second half of the first game with good success. I would rather have Edge gain 3 or 4 yards a cary then let Warner pass for 10 or 12 yards at a pop.
Absolutely agree with you 100%, normally that is the case, but if you look at the way we throw the ball around, we don't take many shots down the field for a team that is so proficient at passing. The main reason for this is that neither Larry nor Q have elite speed. Larry has sickening hands and body control and Q breaks heads for his money, and we run short to intermediate routes very well. If we can get the linebackers to at least think the run is a possibility, and a threat (I use 'threat in the wrong sense, but I can't think of another word off the top of my head here), then it opens up the middle of the field to the 15 yard dig that is the bread and butter of this teams offense.
Watch Brooking on the final throw of the Atlanta game (I realise I keep going back to this game, but bear with me, it seemed like the perfect example). It's a play-fake, that Brooking bites on, just a little bit, and that's all that is needed for our TE to slip behind him and be wide open for the completion. If we can freeze the linebackers for just a second, I feel that Kurt will be able to get the ball out to our WRs. But for that to happen, the run has to be at least a viable option.
It's the point when we HAVE to throw that really worries me, because you can turn that animal that wears No. 90 lose and he can cause havoc knowing that he has to only worry about the pass.