No sh*t I know it's by design. My whole point is that its an unsustainable design.
You aren't taking into account the type of playcalling was far more vertical in SD. You don't need a lot of plays when Philly Rivers completes multiple 25 yard pass plays every drive. I also contend to say that the PLAYCALLING was better in both San Fran and Seattle - specifically Seattle where they were more balanced in their pass plays of over 15 yards. That's all I was talking about - you do realize that, right? The playcalling.
I do, however, stand firm that a ball control offense and lack of vertical plays does keep a team down, not allowing them to step on the throat of a good opponent which quite frankly is something we were unable to do. You need balance. We call plays like a team that is playing not to lose. What's good is that we didn't lose often, but that doesn't take away from the fact that our offense is UNSUSTAINABLE.
I disagree strongly with you when you say that we "never put the D in bad situations." Do you realize how often our defense was on the field? You're just underestimating how damn good they were. They were CONSTANTLY in bad situations. They were just so good that they made it look easy. If the D wasn't so stout you would be harping a WAY different tune.
Also, Cam's 13 picks is one away from being tied for 10th in the league, and I'm not saying that to bash Cam obviously - but what I am saying is that we didn't substantially lower turnovers in the passing game...we did substantially lower our pass ranking. Just because he didn't give up touchdowns with those picks shouldn't have a bearing in my opinion on playcalling with your tail between your legs.
We won games, but it wasn't because of the ball control offense. I'm sorry, but it just wasn't. It was because of our defense and the 2 minute drill.
Playcalling is why our poor receiving corps and patchwork offensive line struggled, eh?