Re: Vincent Jackson or Brandon Lloyd.. Who would you take?
posted at 2/11/2012 4:36 PM EST
In Response to Re: Vincent Jackson or Brandon Lloyd.. Who would you take?
[QUOTE]Champ, you're making me laugh. I know you're smarter about football than that! Of course we need a WR--maybe even two. And I'm not saying that because I'm addicted to the passing game. I'd like to see way more diversity in this offense and that means both (1) a better running game (I'm with you and Wozzy there) and (2) a more diverse set of receivers. On the running game . . . I would love it to be better. Our disagreement is whether it really can be better with the current backs. I'm not so impressed with BJGE. I think he gets the yards he gets mostly because defenses are generally more worried about the pass than about him.
Coaches treat him like BB was treating Mario Manningham in the Super Bowl: "Worry about Gronk, Hernandez, Welker . . . and let the Pats try to beat us with BJGE." Against a few teams (mostly bad ones) we can build a game plan around BJGE--but in general good defenses just stuff BJGE whenever they're expecting run. He tends to get his biggest gains from the shotgun on passing downs. Line him up in a heavy formation on an obvious running down and he invariably gets -1, 0, 1, or 2 yards. Good running backs can beat the defense even when the defense is expecting run. BJGE just can't seem to do that. I really hope they get a good back--or that Ridley or Vereen turns out to be the answer. But I also want the wideout. Let's put an offense together for a change that really has the weapons to dominate against any team. Or--if we prefer--let's start working on our defense so we can win games that way and don't have to rely so much on the offense getting lots of points.
Posted by prolate0spheroid[/QUOTE]
I think after our long debate I have figured out where we disagree. I don't think our run game can be better. Thats not what I'm saying at all. I too want us to have a starting running back that was actually drafted. I think we need one and hopefully Ridley or Vareen can be that guy.
What I am saying is that we need to run the ball more in order for our offense to be more effective. I do not think that will lead to less points as you have suggested. i think our ppg would be the same but it would diversify our offense as to help us succeed in the playoffs where we have consistently under performed.
I don't think 20 carries for BJGE is the answer, but in many games I have watched running the ball in place of throwing would have kept our offense on the field and kept our defense off....like this Super Bowl where we couldn't keep the ball after the 1st drive of the 2nd half. We don't need 5 ypc to be in order to sustain drives, we just need to keep the defense honest.
We need more balance. I don't think if we give Benny 20 carries he will jump to 100 yards but I do think if our power runners get 20 carries(Ridley whoever) it will open up our passing game that gets stifled in the biggest stage.
I understand the point about a field stretcher, but that has never been Brady's strong suit. Other then 07 with Randy(who caught a lot of jump balls) we are a dink and dunk offense. Brady is the most accurate QB in NFL history inside of 12 yards imo. But we always pounded the rock to open that up, and other then Corey in 04 we never had 4-5 ypc guys. We didn't need them.