The ending to the beginning
We should hold Ryan Pace to a higher standard and expect more from him. But just because he missed drafting the most important position in sports doesn’t make him a bad GM. Again, ask yourself why didn’t he draft a QB in 2015 or 2016?
Why hasn’t he brought in more quarterbacks like he said he would? Why does he always seem to target running back, defensive back, interior offensive line more than any other position? I don’t think it’s a coincidence. I think that’s how he wants to win games.
I think it is by design. John Fox emphasized ball control and limitting turnovers by using the ground game to win. Matt Nagy, so far, has focused heavily on the pass game, but not via air yards. Instead he likes to control the ball and limit turnovers to win the game. Nagy’s game seems to be a short pass, screen pass, shovel pass, RPO option of John Fox’s run, run, pass.
Base on these tendencies, the more important position in both those schemes would be the interior offensive line and running backs. Obviously the most important position in football is quarterback, but when you look at the basic focus on both the Fox scheme and the Nagy scheme you can see how those two positions correlate with each other.
Now that we have all caught up. Stick around for part two as we will get more in-depth with the potential of Ryan Pace.