No RB could have succeeded in that scenario with our OL getting no push. I get it. I know you think Stewart would have done better, but those first down run plays were so predictable and pathetic that no running back is set up to succeed on those calls. I believe that Stewart is a better inside runner. The play calling still sucked especially on first down. Stewart might have been able to mitigate the losses, but he wouldn't have done a whole lot better.
We were running a zone read O without a zone read RB.....so yeah, the run didn't work. it doesn't work with Williams running horizontal zone reads. Stewart doesn't do that. if they collapse on Stewart up the gut it totally changes what the DL is doing ......they no longer can pin their ears back and pass rush all day.
OL isn't suppose to get great push on those plays......they don't know where the action is going. problem is we didn't have a RB to draw attention/focus up the gut. Williams was foolishly doing it to the outside....but that could of been Chud. Dont forget last year Cam asked for it...and Cam even did in game coaching with Williams last year on some option plays. Williams wasn't setting it up right.....he made Cam's correction and took an option pitch to the house.