It’s no secret that the Jacksonville Jaguars are going to run the ball more with Leonard Fournette. But will it disrupt the pass-first NFL?
The Jacksonville Jaguars are emphasizing the running game in training camp according to Mark Long of the Associated Press. The question is, can a running team win in a pass dominated NFL?
Coach Marrone is centered on a run-first offense. There are three reasons that this may not be successful. First, the NFL made numerous rule changes during the past few years to promote a pass dominated league. Next, the most successful teams are built around franchise quarterbacks. Finally, fans expect a high scoring shoot out.
RULE CHANGES PROMOTE THE PASS
The NFL changed the rules during recent years. The quarterback is afforded much more protection and in many cases can hardly be touched. There are many roughing the passer penalties called and it has been a trend recognized for the better part of a decade. Wide receivers are protected by rules concerning hitting defenseless pass catchers.
These rules are to protect players but make it difficult for defensive players who must always be aware of them even when at full speed. It makes passing more appealing when yards can be picked up in big chunks and as teams look to keep the defense on its heels.
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