Re: Fire Bill O'Brien!
posted at 12/13/2011 10:40 AM EST
In Response to Re: Fire Bill O'Brien!
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Fire Bill O'Brien! : Well, that is the big question. Why invest so much in the posiiton of RB early in the draft if you aren't going to utilize them? Some will say we are prepping them for next year and years to come, but I don't buy it. When you invest a 2nd and 3rd rounder in a position of need, and clearly don't have a #1 killer back that is going to take most of the reps, I think you have to sprinkle in Vereen and Ridley more often even if that means taking reps from Faulk, Woody and BJGE. I've seen enough to make me believe that Vereen can be an X factor for this team if used correctly in the playoffs. He has speed, can get outside, and also makes a more than capable receiver. He NEEDS to get reps now however. My fear is BB has waited to long to properly integrate him into the offense. I think we are now reliant on Faulk, Woody and BJGE as our backfield come playoff time.
Posted by PatsLifer[/QUOTE]
RB is one of the few positions I can say coming out of the draft they can start almost right away. RB is such a translatable position that the only major hurdle is getting use to the speed of the Pro's vs the college game. Yes the blocking schemes are more complex but again you can't get use to either the speed or recognizing rushers without the proper in game reps. That's something you can't get from practice. So, holding them out right now shows me they just aren't ready or the coaches have no trust in them, which is not a good sign for an RB
Vereen is an X factor. This makes you wonder why he is inactive so often. Does he have a case of the fumbles in practice (much like Faulk early in his career)? Is his attitude not right? Can he not pick up rushers, even in practice? There is something we don't know about otherwise the blame goes squarely on the coaching staff for lack of player development (something I think has been an issue since the great coaching staff started breaking up in 05').
What kills me is that we run a running back by committee offense. This means you mix and match different running backs and have to disguise the runs with passes, screens, and play action just as much as the runs setup up the same. You have to play to your RB's strengths and can't become formulaic.
BJGE - power back: He can't cut quick and he's not fast. He can wear down D's with strong power running. Best times to use him is the first half, short yards, and when you need to kill clock. He should never be used to run outside the T's when you need the yards. His best running plays are dives in the A or B gaps He won't catch many passes except for when he can squat so he should only be used as a dump off or flip receiver close to the line. You disguise him by using play action screens, 1st down play action, and draws on 2nd and long. This puts a question into the D's head if he's a late threat or a fake so they can't crowd the line allowing the OL the get a better push on power runs
Woodhead - skat back: He's fast, can make quick cuts, and has good receiving hands. He's not overly powerful and will go down if shoulder tackled. Best times to use him are no huddle/hurry up, and change of pace in 3rd and 4th after BJGE wears down the D or if they are winded. His best runs come from sweeps, traps, and off T cut backs. To disguise him run delayed draws, delayed flat releases, screens, and reverse. The reverse prevents the D from overloading the strong side while the the screens and delayed flats remove a D player from the field essential just to watch him. Delayed draws set the D back on their heels questioning if he going to get a clean release with developed gaps to make cuts
I'm not a coach by any means but it seems obvious to me the best way to use our backs and they aren't being used properly most of the time. When they are though it seems like the O is very fluent and no team can stop the O