There is a misconception that teams with bad defenses (us) are well served to play “ball-control” offense by running the football, eating clock, and “keeping the defense off the field.”
This is a silly notion that needs to be disabused. We simply need to score more points than our opposition, and the best way for us to do is to leverage our passing game. It doesn’t matter if we churn 8 minutes of clock if we come away with three points and the other team marches down the filed for 7. A couple iterations of that and we are done 21-9 and are forced into “must pass” anyways.
This isn’t hockey or soccer - we can’t perpetually possess the ball. The opposition will get as many possessions as we do per the rules of the game. We should be doing everything we can to maximize the value of possessions. Passing is more efficient than running. And our quarterback is our best player.
A smart approach to most games we play is a lot of passing on early downs. But I’m sure we’ll go run-run-pass for the foreseeable future, and will continue to play losing football.