I prefer the storyline of running plays to passing plays:
A man has obtained a great treasure — can he evade his pursuers and get home in time?
It’s like the Odyssey — they even call home port the “end zone”.
The RB travels to the QB for the ball (his need), encounters obstacles, suffers setbacks, and goes home changed (+6 points).
A passing play, in comparison, shortcuts a lot of the human drama with physics: will the receiver run the correct pattern unimpeded and end up in the right place to catch the object of his desire?
This is partially a matter of perspective: I identify with the running back and his Hero’s Journey; from the quarterback’s point of view, each possession is a drama in 4 downs.
Even so, I think the running back has a better story. You can’t just wait for your destiny to arrive, and you can’t pass it off to someone else. You have to run with it.