It's a passing league now, everyone says it.
Some intriguing stats (taken from www.teamrankings.com) show that the top 10 teams in terms of rushing attempts per game have a combined record of 33-20. The combined rushing attempts per game percentage of those teams is 49.9 percent, or a near-balanced offense.
The Browns went out and invested the third overall draft pick in power runner Trent Richardson, and yet they rank 30th in rushing attempts, a per game percentage at 30.82 percent. What's more perplexing is that they rank 13th in the league in yards per carry at 4.1, so when they do run the ball, they do have some success.
Meanwhile, rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden is second in the league in pass attempts at 202 on the year.
The thought process when drafting Richardson third overall and Weeden 22nd overall was surely to give Weeden a safety net so he wouldn't have the pressure of creating offense all on his own. As it stands, Weeden is throwing the ball 40.4 times per game compared to Richardson's 16.2 rushing attempts per game.
The Bengals are ranked 17th overall against the run and a much more imposing ninth overall against the pass. It should be noted that Trent Richardson's lone 100-yard game came against the Bengals where he ran for 109 yards.
The Browns must make a commitment to running the ball for multiple reasons, the main one, highlighted in this slide, is obvious. It is a weakness of the Bengals defense.
The next few slides that follow will support the need to run for different reasons.