Re: RB Receptions
posted at 5/3/2012 12:48 AM EDT
In Response to Re: RB Receptions
[QUOTE]Yes, it is a concern. We need backs who are better in the passing game for three reasons: First, it adds diversity to the offense, allowing for more screens and other pass plays designed for the RB Second, it means more and better outlet options when Brady is pressured on pass plays Third, it actually can improve the running game because it becomes less clear when the back is in the game whether the play is a run or pass
and therefore makes it harder for the D to key on the run The past two years, we've used Woodhead as the passing down back and BJGE as the running down back.
While we've tried to mix it up a bit, BJGE was really not a great back to keep in when passing and Woodhead, while a bit more versatile, isn't a great running back (and also had a drop off in pass production last year). If we can get a back is who is a better runner than Woodhead and a better pass catcher than BJGE, our offense will be greatly improved.
Posted by prolate0spheroid[/QUOTE]
While I agree with you I think it is worth noting that we have never had a back who runs AND catches balls on a regular basis (as in starters minutes). We have always had an Antowain Smith to Faulk, Corey Dillion to Faulk, Maroney to Faulk or BJGE to Faulk/Woodhead.
No, I think it is the change in offensive philosophy. Since 07 we look down field more then ever before where as we used to take what the defense gave us. It is great when we put up record breaking numbers against average NFL teams but it is imo a serious detriment to our offense come post season play, and is again imo the reason we have not won either of our 2 SB's.(offense averaged over 33ppg in regular season but 15.5ppg in 2 pass heavy SB's)
It is also worth noting that while BJGE might be thought of as only a runner he caught 9 of his 13 targets last year, point being he is obviously capable of catching the ball. Throw to the RB more often and it makes us less predictable and would improve the running game as defense's would be unable to key in on what we are doing, as you said.
With all that said I think/hope McD will bring back a balance and variety(more important) to the offense. Now we just have to see if either of our 2 unproven 2nd year RB's are capable of succeeding in our offense and more importantly if they are able to protect Tom Brady at 35 years of age when he is throwing more then he ever has in his career. Very legitimate concerns if you ask me.