This offense is more different than we might all realize. Sure we're still going to run the ball but the entire outlook
of how we go about our business on each series is different. Multiple TE sets, no FB or a FB that's split out as a WR,
Ben having more options at his disposal in the passing game and more control over the game plan in general, multiple WR
sets on 1st down, etc.
When you don't have a traditional FB in the offense you take away a safety valve blocker for the QB as well, Ben is used
to having Dan there to help block in certain situations so that's a difference too. Davis isn't your traditional
powerhouse FB like Kreider so hopefully we'll continue to see Dan dress for game days because short yardage and grinding the game
out situations is where we still need him regardless of what new style of offense we're using now. Davis will make his presence felt and he just needs time to get experience
but for now Dan is still an option we need to have at our disposal. He was in there on 4th quarter when we were
running the clock out and his presence was key IMO on that long 8 minute drive.
The WR's need to quit dropping passes. Ben missed 9 in a row at one point and atleast 1/2 of those were drops. Holmes is just
a freekin monster. You can tell he's been paying attention in the Hines Ward Blocking Class 101; did you see him lay that
wicked block early in the 3rd quarter? Ward is Ward, the dude has renewed options in the game plan and he's the
unquestioned leader on offense along with Ben. The TE's were used alot today, which is amazing in itself.
Having said all that, look at the stats today. Ben threw 4 TD's and used nearly every option available in spreading
the ball around. Willie and Najeh both contributed HUGE for us in the ground game and we mounted an 8 minute drive in the 4th quarter to run out a big chunk of clock.
Don't give up on Arians yet...the offense he brings here is what they use in Indy and it works pretty darn well there. It showed today what it can do even amidst some of the miscues especially in the 2nd quarter.
It's just going to take time and there will be some growing pains to live through but overall I think we're on the verge of something special if they players continue to learn and execute.