Re: Goodbye, Ridley.
posted at 11/20/2013 12:48 PM EST
In response to TripleOG's comment:
I love how people fail to use context when exercising their homerism. I like Ridley but there is no denying he has a problem. He carries the ball like its not important and thats bad football. 2 weeks ago Ridley fumbled a pass and BB credited Troy with making a great play, hence no benching but vs the panthers it was careless carrying ONCE again and BB benched him a quarter.
Its not rocket science! Adrian Peterson wasnt fumbling because he was careless!! He was fumbling because he has been the only offensive weapon there for YEARS! WHo has been his QBs! Do you know teams gameplan for the run and stack the box if you dont have a threat to pass?? Do you think Ridley sees that HERE with Brady? Cmon guys. I like you all but take off the glasses and use some contex. Did I mention that Ridley is in back by committee while AP is the LEAD BACK! Taking ALL the carries and taking MAJOR punishment. HIs fumbles come when 3 guys are on him.
Who would you rather have here??? Answer Honestly
and just so you know, I dont think Ridley S*x. I will give him his due as a runner,but YES he does have a fumbling problem because he carries it carelessly. A simple slap at it while he runs by will do. Adrian is a strong dude. It usually takes a few guys and the whole team is focused on him. Ridley has a place here, but they cant run him in clutch situations.
Triple, I'd love to agree with you, and I appreciate that you're trying to be reasonable in your post, but sometimes the defenders make good plays too. Has Ridley coughed it up? Sure. On two of his fumbles this year, including last week, the defender hit the ball out of his arms when he had it reasonably secured and he never saw it coming. His fault? Yes, but it's not like he was carrying it like a loaf of bread. In the playoffs last year against the Ravens, he absorbed Pollard's head to head hit that knocked him the e-f-f out trying to pick up yardage. Is discretion the better part of valour, and should he have protected it better? Maybe, but I tend not to fault guys who put their well-being on the line when it's clear they're trying to gut out extra yardage.
For me, the bottom line is that fumbles are not acceptable. But there is a context to fumbles even if we choose to ignore it because it doesn't make our point. Those who say Ridley sux, I don't agree with you. Those who say that using him less makes him more effective when you do use him - I could buy that. The guy has talent, and he makes the backfield better with his presence. He is not Adrian Peterson talent-wise, and I think the comparison of Peterso-to-Ridley fumble-wise is as you implied - taken out of context a bit.