Mike Leach completely tears down the notion of run-pass ‘balance’ in football

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Washington State won a football game over the weekend with zero yards rushing.

ZERO. YARDS. RUSHING.

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How did the Cougars do it? By throwing it 56 times for 445 yards.

The truth is, running doesn’t really matter. It’s an inefficient way to move the football, and teams at all levels of the sport are starting to realize this. Balance is overrated. At least run-pass balance is overrated. Just ask Washington State coach Mike Leach…

“There’s nothing balanced about 50% run-50% pass, ’cause that’s 50% stupid. What is balance is when you have five skill positions and all five of them are contributing to the effort in somewhat equal fashion — that’s balance. This notion that if you hand one guy 50% of the time and then you throw it to a combination of two guys the other 50% that you’re really balanced. You probably pat yourself on the back and tell yourself that. People have been doing that for decades. Well, then you’re delusional.”

Well said, coach.


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