Re: Watch the game again. Watch the plays with Ridley. There is no reason to remove him but for a breather.
posted at 10/3/2011 10:16 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Watch the game again. Watch the plays with Ridley. There is no reason to remove him but for a breather.
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Watch the game again. Watch the plays with Ridley. There is no reason to remove him but for a breather. : 4 runs to the middle and left, all for no gain. Although the samples are small, that does appear to be a little problem. We shall see. The Pats are excellent in putting players in a position to succeed. If he were ready to start, he would be. BB has no problem in playing talent over tenure. That alone, tells me he is not ready, regardless of your "sugar coated" interpretation of what they said.
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I think that is the point. NE requires its runners to do a lot of different things. They all need to block to see the field, simply because of the amount of time they like to throw it. They all need to be either a great runner or a great 3rd down back/reciever type. And they need to know that through the playbook end to end.
Ridley is the kind of back like Dillon who can is a runner and a blocker, he can execute those two phases. Whether he knows the entire playbook is different.
BJGE will get his reps, but down the road I could see Ridley taking 20 carries a game. He just has superior athletic ability.
I don't think they start Ridley too soon. For one, it would be an insult to BJGE, who is still a servicable back who does all the little things. For two, they likely want Stevan to get more experience.
I can think of one area, right now, where I would vastly prefer BJGE or Woodhead, and that is the two minute drill/hurry up. Do you want a rookie protecting Brady's knees when the plays are getting called at the line of scrimmage and he can't refer to anyone?
If a kid makes a mistake there, it could be the end of NE's season, lol!