Patricia (and I presume Quinn) thought they could take the air out of the ball when the Lions had the lead in the second half of the game. Switch to conservative, run-heavy and milk the clock.
Given what Quinn has expended in draft and free-agency capital into the offensive line – more than any other position group, and it’s not close – the logic on paper is there.
Then there’s reality. This line is not good. Ragnow doesn’t look 100%. Glasgow has been moved back to G, and he’s not as good there as he is at C. Most concerning of all, Taylor Decker seems to have regressed massively. Rick Wagner can only bounce back from his season last year, but there’s no O-line depth beyond the starters, either.
How did we get to this place? It is an indictment on Quinn if our offensive line isn’t AT LEAST a Top-10 unit, given the expenditure and attention.
As a result, Kerryon and the running game were nothing special. The second half strategy didn’t work.
Trying to run such a offense requires gouge plays. Without them, you’re leaving yourself with low percentage third-and-longs. It puts a lot of pressure on the QB to execute with those few throws he’s now making and, well, I don’t want to go there in this particular thread.