Re: Final Pats/Ravens Thoughts
posted at 12/23/2013 9:41 PM EST
In response to RallyC's comment:
In response to rkarp's comment:
One final thought on the game that I noticed and would like comment. Watching Ridley run, he doesn't get reckless with the ball when he spins with his back to the line. The ball is not secure when he makes a cut. He is a scoot cutter. He jumps into his cuts, and when he jumps, the ball comes away from his body.
did anyone else notice this?
Scoot cutter??? Sorry, though it apears you do talk to guys who have played, and maybe tip you off to news within the league, its hard to fake the real knowledge of the game. The move is actually called a "Jump Cut". The ball comes away from his body due to the need to maintain balance for when he hits the ground on the subsequent step allowing him to go in either direction with equal effectiveness as he makes this decision while in the air. Keeping the ball against his body while jump cutting usually makes an immediate cut to the ball side hand harder as it throws off balance and slows momentum making the maneuver less effective. Try it sometime, I have. Having been a kick returner, I employed it regulary.
If you jump cutted returning kicks, that's one thing, but to do it regularly through the line of scrimmage is not reassuring if you have a fumbling problem. Good runners are compact, don't need to jump to generate speed and moves, and keep their legs mudding through the trash rather than turning their backs to the defense.
I think Ridley has talent, but I think his running style, smarts and ability to take coaching leave something to be desired.
I thought this guy was going to take the next step. I thought he'd be running lower by now, more compact. I thought he'd be pass blocking by his third year. I thought he'd be catching 35 passes a year by now. He's the same guy now as the one who walked through those doors as a rookie...and that's too bad because we need him. He had a nice run at the end of the game, but he needs to do a lot more than that to make up for this season.