If there is such a thing, I had it. I was thinking about the whole Ridley thing because I listened to Holley/Salk on the way home last night and Salk was basically done with Ridley as a lead back while Holley has been a ridley apologist saying his fumbling is more a product of him getting the most carries. I disagree because we see Blount holding that thing with 2 Hands when he hits the hole EVERY TIME. He knows he doesnt want to be benched. He has already experienced that. Ridley better get on board or he will be an obvserver.
Last game gave us a little glimpse of what this team is capable even without Ridley. When I thought about the changeup that Blount/Vareen offered I though of the year 2003.
The Year we had a dual threat at RB with Antoine Smith and Kevin Faulk. That year may have been my favorite. We had a dominant run blocking TE in Graham who was also a nice redzone target. They complimented each other perfectly. I recall the Houston game that we came back on won where Faulk was on Fire. (8 catches for 108 yards and 23 carries for 80 yards) He was doing it all. Vareen has that potential and even more because he is faster than Faulk ever was. Blount is the new Antoine Smith. Not fast, but bruising and effective and wears down defenders so when Vareen comes back in, they are caught off guard. Some games may see more of one or the other but I honestly believe based on what I saw when they actually call the right plays for Blount(power, not stretch plays) he was very effective. If Bolden can get healthy and just be that other change of pace back to spell Blount and Vareen I think we can get by without Ridley. He is Explosive but if he hasnt got it now, idk and I know BB is tired of it. I dont think they will trade him but they may phase him out for a while for him to get the message. Ball control to me is just too important in the playoffs to let this guy be the lead back. He is not cognizant of putting both hands on the ball and Blount is and Vareen can run inbetween the tackles and is faster. So what do you guys think?
Antoine Smith - 6'2 232 (Cast away nobody wanted)
Blount - 6'1 - 247(Cast away nobody wanted
Kevin Faulk - 5'8" - 202(2nd round pick who had great college production)
Shane Vareen - 5'9" - 205 (2nd round pick who had great college production)
You cant get any similar than that!
Also, I cant recall after watching last game the last time we had an offense that could challenge EVERY part of the field. We have threats at BOTH outside flankers, 2 slot guys and one dominant TE and a back that run every route with great hands. Outside of defenice injuries, I think this team is really coming together. We have won with injuries on D before.