I was listening to Ross Tucker and his guest this morning (Evan Silva) and they were talking about young Ponder. One of their comments/observations is how hard it has been for Ponder to throw all those short passes.
Their rationale was mostly related to the fact that we have no outside threat. All of the "Passing Targets" that Ponder have are "around the line of scrimmage" guys. That makes it easier for defenses to clog those close passing lanes.
Thought it was a interesting take.
Also, like I said, when those defenders are in like they are, it also shortens our run game too.
Thus the need, that a few of us have been clamoring since the offseason, to add some deep threat WR's that could stretch the field & keep our opponents secondary back.
As to the running issue. You know my stance on that. Almost every team on almost every play, when they are in their base defense, stack the box. It isn't something we see just because of AD.
2012 NFL Team Rushing Stats - National Football League - ESPN
Don't get me wrong, we might see it a bit more often, but not as much as you (and others on here) contend.
On a side note.....AD is 12th in rushing and as a team we are 9th. I don't think that is to bad considering all the "Stacked" boxes we face.
On a side side note. I need to go dig up that thread were a couple of people were calling crazy when I said how the star RB's were going to do bad this year. Looking at the league leaders might make them a bit hungry for crow. :)