In response to NYC's comment:
Most everyone agrees that Ridley needs to change his running style and learn new techniques to hold on to the ball.
The problem is that perhaps he cannot change, or be unable to change easily! Neuro-behavioral conditioning becomes very difficult for adults especially in stressful situations even with great coaching. Someone suggested that to change him is to break him, that he needs to swing his arms to gain speed. This is what I am getting to. I know this for myself as a snow boarder I am not lose enough in my hips and even with coaching I am resistant to change because my whole balance is focused on keeping my hips rigid and my body uprirght. The problem is compounded at high speeds on steep slopes where extreme flexibility is needed in the hips, yet I am afraid of falling over if I were really loose. Enough of my troubles! Ridley may want to change but he may resist it because the old patterns are so ground into him. An NFL game is like being on a battlefield where it is not easy to integrate new patterns of behavior. Speed, strength, power and balance are necessary to power through the line but fear and old patterns take hold in these situations and one resorts to maladaptive techniques to try to manage the stress.
Truthfully, I do not really know what I am talking about, I am not an authority on neuro-muscular conditioning under stressful situations. But, I know how difficult it is for me to change my style and can only imagine how difficult it is for Ridley as well.
I do not think you change a runner STYLE. What you do is to have the COACH coach they guy. Meaning - TWO, 2, to, too, (3-1), (1+1) ... Tee Double YOU OHHHH hands on the ball before you get through the hole and TWo, 2, to.... hands on the ball before contact even in open field.
It is funny hearing individuals here claim to be experts (1) quarterbacking (2) coaching (3) drafting (4) play calling (5) how you actually run the football.... etc etc. Of course we will all have our comments and ideas and thoughts and opinions on all things.. but to claim and speak with such complete authority and absoluteness on ALL things from single individuals... I speak not of simply the person I am repkying to who at least acknowledges some limitiations....
Ridley wont change his style. I do hope he and the coaches learn how to have him hold on to the ball. He is one of the top dozen starters in the league.
Having said that I still think Vereen IS a feature back talent and have always thought so. Just because he can catch doesnt mean he can take it between the tackles. Watch some of the Bills game for some examples. Vereen is more dangerous. Ridley tougher and perhaps mroe suited to certain packages and certains Ds. They are an excellent tandem. You do not throw the guy out without going further. Plus he is clearly a hard worker and gives a hard effort.
For me, I hope they figure this out. I do think he plays even this week. I do expect that if he fumbles he is taken off the field. I do expect if he cant be trusted he will see little to no time in the playoffs. If he holds on to the ball he will regain playing time. I do expect he is not done for the year... Not yet.
But come on guys, you can disagree with me but if you are going to dictate HOW a runner runs... well... come on...