Re: How long till Ridley outright takes BJGE's job?
posted at 10/2/2011 9:58 PM EDT
In Response to Re: How long till Ridley outright takes BJGE's job?
[QUOTE]Yeah I love what I see from Ridley and I'm not trying to spoil the party because I really think he has a future on this team, I just wonder if its one of those things where a defense spends so much time preparing for Brady and the offense we run, then an unknown guy comes in where they don't have much film and he gets some holes that BJGE wouldn't get? Anyway I really think we have a run game that could destroy some defense's. Mostly because a defense can never really respect a run game fully when Tom Brady is the QB. One thing I am sure of is that Woodhead(hopefully ok) or Faulk when he returns should be used as a traditional 3rd down back and not as a split time runner(i.e 15 carries) I think we need to see BJGE/Ridley about 30 -40 plays a game. The threat of the run and the run itself will do wonders for an already potent offense.
Posted by TrueChamp[/QUOTE]
They seem to be using him exactly the same way. I mean, the day he was drafted I was posting about him replacing BJGE as the lead back. I grabbed the dude for my fantasy team too, which is now looking like a great pickup (though he'll be competing against Adrian Peterson and Matt Forte).
I think it's just because he has a little more quickness and elusiveness that BJGE just lacks. BJGE is a fantastic backup, really a supersub, but Ridley is bigger threat. He will force the defense to reckon with him underneath the TE.
NEs run game does get respect though. The Bills were using a safety in the box an awful lot last week. It was pretty effective. I think the Raiders got gashed this week because they essentially went the opposite direction and decided to contest every throw down field.
The best part is that the offense was missing Hern. He is really the guy who dominates games like the one we just saw in the 2TE base. He can beat too many people man2man.
NE will need him back next week too. The Jets are probably already thinking about what they just saw from this offense.
There is ZERO question NE needs Woodhead. The guy is the best 3rd down back in the league, and in those two minute drills and 2TE sets he is lethal in the draw and out fo the backfield.
Brady has three "go to" guys on this offense. Woody, Hern, and Welker. Those the guys he can count on to "get open" ... and they need every one of them long term.