I'm not intimately familiar with how RR's offense works other than I believe it to be considered a 'run first' offense, correct?
Anyways, my understanding is that a large part of the offense is predicated on getting to the ball out to make plays in space. I don't have the numbers, but the number of (completed) 15+ yard passes last year had to be extremely low vs. our historical average. This is to be expected since the type of offense we run now is very different to what pro-style offense we've run in the past.
My question is this - based on our QB ability, does the lack of a downfield threat significantly hamper our ability to run our offense? Can we still manage to be successful offensively?
My current interpretation is that this offense may be significantly hampered if the QB lacks one of the following two:
1) A 'competent' downfield threat
2008 Nick Sheridan had neither. Tate seems like he has #1. Denard has #2.