Re: Ridley vs BJGE
posted at 9/30/2011 6:27 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Ridley vs BJGE
In Response to Re: Ridley vs BJGE : Explain how a guy with 1000 yards rushing in a pass first based offense and 13 TDs is mediocre? He's never fumbled in his entire career!
Posted by RidingWithTheKing
OK, I will explain. BJGE has some very good attributes:
1. You can rely on him to hold on to the ball
2. He has very good instincts
3. He makes quick decisions and is aggressive through the whole
4. He has very good balance and determination
Taken altogether he generally gets as much as the O line gives him on a play. He generally gets an extra yard falling forward. ANd in short yardage or as he nears the first down marker that is nice to have.
But what makes him MEDIOCRE is that he is neither powerful enough nor fast enough to make drive changing plays. He might make a really good play but never a big and spectacular play. His TD run agasint Miami was very impressive. But it was not the sort of play that separates him from the heard of NFL running backs.
The long and short of it is that he has NO specific ability that puts him in the top 40% of the best from each of the 32 teams. Good. Yes. Dependable. Yes. Special. No.
1000 yards is a meaningless stat. In a 16 game season that is a whopping 63 yards a game. Not bad. But big deal.
Do not get me wrong - I like BJGE but last year's playoff game illustrates the problem - a D doesn't have to honor his skills because he will very very rarely make anyone pay for ignoring the run. Maybe he will get 6-9 yards. Once every three games or so he will break 10 yards. Once every 8 games he might break 20 yards.
If you want balance in the O it is nice to have BJGE to fall back on and to use in situations that are best suited to what he brings. But to me that SHOULD mean no more than 30 to 60 carries a year barrig injury to a stud.
BJGE is at best a role player and a dependable fall back guy. His presence on the field allows Ds to ignore the run.