Yeah, and I don't think Frank Reich is necessarily embracing this approach. If asked, he would still tout the 'run to set up the pass / play action' line that every coach has been saying for 40 years.
I just think the early situations dictated it. The first drive is an example. Successful pass play, first down. Then play action (which I love, I want to see more play action after successful pass plays, even twice in a row), which resulted in a sack because Wentz had nowhere to throw the ball and refused to throw it away. Now it's 2nd and 16, and we know what the situation calls for. I don't think they intended to not call a run play on the first series, they just got behind the chains and couldn't get that second first down.
But, maybe analyzing that approach will impress something on Reich's mind, and the early scripts won't have to be run heavy out of a sense of duty to the run game. Just call good plays, execute, and get your offense going. The run game will take care of itself. We have a great RB, and the OL is doing a reasonably good job run blocking (still struggling in short yardage), so we don't have to force it.
Some of us were talking about maybe converting RYS to FS. I'd actually love to see it. I could see him being a Holy Terror at FS. Knocking the pizz out of guys in front and corner skills behind. I could see Rock being a perennial Pro Bowl type at FS if not All Pro.
We obviously have Corner issues, but man I really think this kid might just be playing out of position in the NFL. Too slow for corner.
Depending on who plays, assuming the guy is an NFL competent FS, we will likely be better in deep and intermediate coverage. But we will definitely lose something valuable on the way Blackmon comes up and makes plays in front.
I bet we will barely notice his loss, again assuming we don't have a Sam Tevi/Curtis Painter type of replacement.