Im with you on that... Im tired of the gimmicks as well.
Let's quit running plays that work and go back to that other crap that doesn't.
Plays that work. That's a good one.
We have a line full of guys who can't get to the second level. We run a scheme that requires specialists and athletes that we have to project as being able to pass block and possess good wheels at the same time.
MAYBE if we possessed anyone in the FO that could effectively and consistently project a college player into a role that like (or on defense, a DE to an OLB in a 3-4 scheme), I'd feel differently.
Zone read doesn't wear the other team out like smash mouth does, and it requires a lighter O linemen, so it makes it harder to pass block and get those short yardage gains with any real consistency.
There's a reason not many people run that zone run scheme anymore.