I cant be the only one who thinks the following. Especially in big games, especially over the last 3 years, and at times when out run D is playing excellent, teams run an AWFUL lot on 1st down against us, especially early in the game. Ive often found myself hoping that these teams would continue to run on first down, and 2nd as well, and spend the day in 2nd and 9-10, 3rd and 8-10, etc. It does happen a lot. Ive wondered why, and think I have figured it out. Offenses today call plays based on how a defense aligns more than who is on the field. (i.e. if a terrible run D brings 8 into the box, you throw, or if a bad pass D puts 6 DBs on the field, you spread it out and run) Many offenses believe that if you try to stop the run with your front 7, without a safety in the box, they need to run on that. Bill Belichick brings the 8th man into the box less than any coach in the NFL. By doing this, and using the 2 gap scheme. BB keeps a strong front 7 first concerned with the run, and encourages teams to run into it. The job of the secondary in the run game is to limit runs that breal through the front 7 to 8-12 yards. (Except that the corners are expected to make plays up at the los when they are run all the way out to the sidelines) When we refuse to bring a safety into the box, we almost 'force' them to establish the run on 1st down. With dominant front 7 play we do not need to bring the safety up, and when the front 7 is playing at its peak (Lets say any game that comes after the leaves turn brown for the last 3 years) no one can run on us, and everyone will try. Thoughts?