posted at 11/23/2011 7:01 PM EST
In Response to Re: Vereen!
[QUOTE]BJGE is ok... but he's not a weapon a defense needs to adjust for. His presence and performance don't create opportunities for other parts of our offense. Sorry but the OL made some holes big enough to drive a truck through, and BJGE got 5~6 yards on these. Need to make a defence pay a high price for focusing on the pass. BJGE can't do it.
Posted by expertmike[/QUOTE]
I agree 100%. I like the guy, it's just he's limited in what he can do because of his lack of speed and quickness. It's funny, but I always wondered why such a premium was placed on speed at that position - now I know why - you can see things, follow blocks, hold onto the ball, run hard, play at a good pad level - it doesn't mean much when you can only run a few different plays because of your lack of speed.
Some of those holes the other night were huge, some of the better backs in this league would of got 150 yards out of that game. I think this guy has been figured out by defensive coordinators. You keep seeing him run left over tackle for three yards, when if he was quick enough to cut back on that play he'd get 8 yards. Belichick was in NY when Curtis Martin used to run this play, obviously with much different results. Once he gets going he's ok, but the defense knows he can't cut back or get outside and they just clog what he'd probably like to run (up the middle).
A team like the Jets game planned for his style and it killed us. A team like the Chiefs weren't capable and yet we still didn't run well enough until they quit in the second half.
I think it's time for some of these rookies to play. If you're worried about them fumbling, then give it to Benny in some of the important short yardage and goal line situations. These young guys need to get involved before the playoffs, I'm sure they've been coached on how to pass block by now (20 weeks between pre season and regular season practices).