Why Are We Running With Tajh So Much?

Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

We're seeing less and less of the running backs as the weeks go on. Even if Rod McDowell rolled his ankle it seems bizarre that The Chad is running the ball with Tajh Boyd when we're up multiple touchdowns against a team that's not going to be able to mount a comeback. But I've vented about that before and how absolutely necessary it is to keep Tajh healthy. So this week I thought it might be fun to ponder why The Chad is doing it.

I think part of it might have to do with our offensive line. We're just not getting a good push out of our hogs on the running plays. And one of the best things we can do to get ground yardage when the O line isn't dominating the line of scrimmage is to run the option.

Run blocking on an option is more about being savvy and deceptive than about being overly physical. So it makes sense to not try and knock people off the ball if you can't and instead just letting our O linemen read defenders.

So if you think this is your most effective means of grinding out the clock against a team like Wake then I guess it makes sense.

But the main reason I think The Chad does it is because we're a pass happy offense and the play action off a successful option puts the defenders in a commitment conundrum that is more complex than a play action off a simple run.

I'm not sure how much of the option we'll see this week against Syracuse. They blitz a ton and run a ton of man coverage so I imagine we'll have the ball in the air for a significant number of our possessions. But I'm going to start keeping a keener eye on the situations we're in when we're running Tajh than I have been. Up until now I've just been shaking my head a crossing my fingers that Tajh just pops right back up after each hit. So I guess I'll just have to keep my head straight and settle on just crossing my fingers.

It's worked thus far.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Shakin The Southland

You must be a member of Shakin The Southland to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Shakin The Southland. You should read them.

Join Shakin The Southland

You must be a member of Shakin The Southland to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Shakin The Southland. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker