Re: Ridley vs BJGE
posted at 9/27/2011 2:25 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Ridley vs BJGE
[QUOTE]Poor analysis. It's the same excuse irrationals used in the Jets playoff loss. It's not how many carries. It's when, the flow of the game, the calling, the adjusting, etc. When you shuffle BJGE onto the field after using Woodhead on a passing down, what does that tell the D, after you have been passing 80% of the time for the whole game? The better analysis would be to look at WHEN they ran BJGE in between each obsessive passing series in the first or second half. They guy had 13 TDs last year and your're running passes into the flat for Woodhead with 100 MPH rifle passes? Explain that one. You can't, it's dumb just like last week where it was 2nd and goal, they run a finesse draw from the 7 and then launch a pass out of the end zone because Branch was covered. Just run it twice or once with play action. Worst case, you go for it on 4th and goal from the 1. Use BJGE more, with Ridley as his rookie back up in the same vein. That's what they should do. It's fascinating to me how underrated BJGE is by this fanbase. He's what Maroney wasn't. And you're talking to a HUGE Ridley fan. I just think it's asking too much to have Ridley be a lead back right now. Note two things on this first drive: 1. The Shotgun failure or no huddle failure running it. 2. BJGE basically gets 4 yards per carry, while not in the shotgun or spread. Like I mentioned before, the 1st drive was good getting him into it so Buffalo would need to look at it. But, by the second drive, they totally ignored it. part of that was from the Arrington INT setting up NE at Buff's 35. So, skip that one, and go to the 3rd and 4th drives in the first half and pay close attention to how they start the 2nd qtr, with obsessive shotguns and no huddles, ignoring the run. Ridley had 1 rush for 3 yards, BJGE a handful with 2 being the 4 yard variety, RIdley only get those gashing runs, when NE had been obssessive with passing and then they finally started to run., Again, though, it's too late. They know what you're doing. So, total first half, they had like 5 runs and they were clearly for effect and not really meant to establish it. From there, Buffalo, adjusts again and we have no run game for the remainder of the 3rd and 4th qtrs. http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/playbyplay?gameId=310925002
Posted by RidingWithTheKing[/QUOTE]
That's a well thought out analytical breakdown.... however sometimes a guy can have paralysis of analysis.
Most often the obvious choice is the right one and in this case increasing Ridley's carries would likely answer the questions that people have about an unproven ball carrier early
in the season and may build confidence in him as the season progresses.
Rotate BJGE in with Ridley and get a little competition going between them while keeping the proven veteran fresh for the end of the year.
There's no downside to increasing Ridley's carries now....
If you wait, you risk him (Ridley) not having confidence at the end of the year in a big game when you need him most....