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Shiver
09-21-2009, 07:26 PM
I didn't want to write anything based off of week 1. It is too easy to become reactionary when making analysis about the NFL, especially based off of the first week. Look at how perceptions have changed on the Texans, Jay Cutler; or how the 2nd week has given more credence to the Ravens, Jets, Giants as legitimate teams.

Attitude Matters

I love what this team has done. They remind me a lot of the Ravens last year: rookie QB who is remarkably poised, a fierce defense, and a powerful rushing attack. I think, especially when the weather gets cold, the Jets will not be a team you want to play. But I think they are limited long term like the Ravens were last year. On a side note: Darrelle Revis is the best corner in the NFL. He shut down Andre Johnson week 1, which makes Cortland Finnegan look even worse, and he has dominated Randy Moss the last four games.

Lack of Balance Equals Doom For Perennial Contenders

The Colts, Patriots, Steelers are synonymous for winning for the last decade. Yet this year all three of them have a common problem that will limit their long term upside. None of them can run the football, they rely 100% on their QB play, which will work now but not in December and January. Tom Brady has thrown 100 passes in two games, Ben Roethlisberger is already flinging it around more than he has ever done before, and Peyton Manning hasn't had a good rushing attack since they went to the Super Bowl. Is it a RB problem, an O-Line problem, or a play-calling problem? I am not sure, although at the end of the day it doesn't matter. They need to fix it in order to win when it counts.

NFC South: Most Exciting Division in Football

Man this will be fun to watch as the Falcons and Saints try and outgun the rest of the league. As I said a month back they might combine for 150 points in their two games this year. Both have similar weaknesses on defense, and on offense I would say New Orleans has a slightly better passing game and Atlanta a better ground game. Either way it should be fun and I bet both make the playoffs.

Two things about my Falcons: Tony Gonzalez was the best acquisition ever and the loss of Peria Jerry is going to hurt a lot.

Whacko For Flacco

Man I have been impressed by Joe Flacco. He has improved far more than I thought he would. He has unreal poise and arm strength. He can attack a defense down the field in ways that other teams don't even think about attacking. If he had a legitimate weapon at WR (should have traded for Boldin or Marshall) then they could have an elite passing offense. Either way I really like the Ravens, especially if they patch up their secondary soon.

Jamarcus Russell is lazy, fat, inaccurate, yet shows up late in the game

I am not sure how, but for 3 & 1/2 quarters he has been the worst QB I have ever seen. He cannot even complete simple passes to his RB and TE. I mean there have been a lot of bad QBs who cannot pass down the field to their WRs, but I have never seen anything like it. I think Darren McFadden and Zach Miller would be fantastic with anyone else, but they are limited by the extreme limitations of their QB. Yet, somehow, someway, he has made big time passes late in the game both this Sunday and last Monday. If he could at least play like that half of the game he would be fine and the Raiders could compete in that terrible division.

Chris Johnson is to the NFL what Reggie Bush was to college

This is what Bush should have been. A dynamic, explosive all around football player. A man who can dominate in the rushing and passing attack. Out of this world speed and ability to hang ridiculous stats lines on the board. That is what Bush did in college and its what Chris Johnson is doing in the NFL. What CJ did against Houston (and he did this in his rookie year to some extent) was reminiscent of Reggie Bush vs. Fresno State. It is time to recognize just how dominant this guy is. I think after Adrian Peterson there is no RB I would rather have in the NFL than CJ.

The Next Generation of NFL D-Line Play

Last night's game between the Cowboys and Giants featured two defensive players who are prototypes of the new wave of D-Lineman. Hybrid players who can play all over the line, too big for tackles, too fast for guards. Jay Ratliff and Justin Tuck aren't the only players that are like this (Richard Seymour was the pioneer, then Julius Peppers, then Mario Williams) but they are perfect examples of what every defense wants now. The combination of athleticism and power is tough for an O-Line to account for and you allow your defense to pick the matchup you want to emphasize.

The Death of the Cover-2 Defense

The NFL is an ever evolving game and adjustments and counter-adjustments are a staple of the NFL year to year. Teams have gotten too good as breaking apart zone defenses, now it seems every team is adding a Wes Welker role to the offense. You spread the defense out with 3-4 receivers, you can see the blitz coming and if they drop back in coverage then you pick apart the zone. It is much easier to be a QB/WR in today's NFL. That is why we have seen unprecedented success by rookie QB and WRs in recent years. It is just too simple to pick apart these predominately zone defenses. The defenses that are having success are versatile, physical and aggressive.

BufFan71
09-21-2009, 07:34 PM
i agree with the death of the cover 2


buffalo seems to have dropped it too, as they have started to blitz like crazy

sweetness34
09-21-2009, 07:42 PM
The Cover-2 still works if you can get a pass rush with the front 4. If the QB gets a chance to stand in the pocket and look around he'll pick it apart but if there is consistent pressure from the DL (without much blitzing) it can still cause an offense fits.

The Unseen
09-21-2009, 07:47 PM
So far the Jaguars have dropped their typical Del Rio 4-3 Cover 2 scheme and have opted for a 3-4 hybrid. It's not working, but it's more evidence.

Ravens1991
09-21-2009, 08:05 PM
I agree w/ Flacco the guy is a beast, and he has no one remarkable to throw it to. but the problem w/ our secondary is the size of our CBs. Or starters would give up 6 inches and 40 pounds to Vincent Jackson, I wanted McCalister back so bad because he can handle the big boys.

niel89
09-21-2009, 08:16 PM
Seriously our corners are just small. They got owned many times just because of their size.

umphrey
09-21-2009, 08:48 PM
The Cover-2 still works if you can get a pass rush with the front 4. If the QB gets a chance to stand in the pocket and look around he'll pick it apart but if there is consistent pressure from the DL (without much blitzing) it can still cause an offense fits.

Any defense works well if you get consistent pressure with the standard defensive line. The cover 2 just isn't as good at covering it up when you don't.

sweetness34
09-21-2009, 09:25 PM
Any defense works well if you get consistent pressure with the standard defensive line. The cover 2 just isn't as good at covering it up when you don't.

The Cover-2 is predicated on the ability of the front 4 to get a pass rush.

The Cover-2 is a very good defense when played right. It also can be exposed if a QB is allowed to sit in the pocket and progress through his reads. It is also a defense that when played right gets a **** load of turnovers. It usually gives up quite a few yards but the belief is if you keep everything in front of you and limit the big play, you force an offense into a mistake and we pray on mistakes. Of course recently the defense has struggled but that was because we had zero pass rush and our secondary was spotty.

I still believe the Cover-2 can be a very effective defense in this league but you definitely need the right personnel in the trenches. Roethlisberger ate us up when we gave him time to throw but when we started to squeeze the pocket he started to get inaccurate and he missed his receivers.

Jvig43
09-21-2009, 09:28 PM
I feel the Pats can run the ball, fred taylor had 48 yards on 6 carries I believe something around there, yet we threw it sunday about 60 times. Our offensive play calling has been terrible. Good write up tho.

bigbluedefense
09-21-2009, 09:34 PM
Cover 2 the scheme is a dead scheme as we once knew it. But Cover 2 the play, and its variations are still alive and kicking, and will never die.

And zone coverage is not a problem. The firezones are the hot thing right now. Zone blitz is dominating the NFL.

The truth is, every scheme runs a little of this and a little of that. A lot of the innovations we think we're seeing have been around for ages. Its just a revolving door of tricks out of the hat in the cat and mouse game between offenses and defenses.

bigbluedefense
09-21-2009, 09:39 PM
Oh and I love me some Darrel Revis, but Nmandi is still the best CB in the league. Revis is definitely #2 in my eyes though.

I think Corey Webster deserves some love too. He was absolutely dominant last year, and this year, he played Santana Moss and Roy Williams.

Moss - 6 yards
Williams - 18 yards

He's been a boss. He's what Terrance Newman used to be.

RaiderNation
09-21-2009, 10:12 PM
Come now Nnamdi is still the best CB right now. Revis is close though. No doubt my 2 or 3

Completely agree about Russell. Hopefully he steps his fat ass up and has a all around good game for once this season

Shiver
09-21-2009, 10:33 PM
I am talking about the base Cover 2. Relying on the front four doesn't work when every team has a "Wes Welker" who can gash your zone before your D-Line gets to the QB. That's why the rookie QB/WR have been able to produce right away out of college. They've simplified things, spread defenses out and work the zones.

Shiver
09-21-2009, 10:38 PM
BBD, can you help me out on the history of the spread in the NFL. I know it was used in the early 90s, but I would like some clarifications in how that compared to what is being used today. (I'm too young lol)

Rosebud
09-21-2009, 10:52 PM
Oh and I love me some Darrel Revis, but Nmandi is still the best CB in the league. Revis is definitely #2 in my eyes though.

I think Corey Webster deserves some love too. He was absolutely dominant last year, and this year, he played Santana Moss and Roy Williams.

Moss - 6 yards
Williams - 18 yards

He's been a boss. He's what Terrance Newman used to be.

http://www.profootballfocus.com/by_player.php?tab=by_player&season=2009&surn=Webster&playerid=2260&group=7

Seems he only gave up -2 yards to santana moss *shrug* can't wait to see him take on a true elite receiver this year.

Job
09-21-2009, 11:14 PM
What about Champ? Haven't seen his games, but it seems the Broncos' defense has been pretty good against the pass.

21ST
09-21-2009, 11:20 PM
What about Champ? Haven't seen his games, but it seems the Broncos' defense has been pretty good against the pass.

Look who they played

BlindSite
09-21-2009, 11:20 PM
Champ is up there, right now the best corners in the NFL

Namdi
Webster Revis

Finnegan Bailey

The rest.

I obviously agree with the sentiments on the Jets, Steelers and Russel since it echoes my sentiments closely, I had notes on Flacco and Johnson as well but didn't find space, the maturation and play of Flacco and Ryan both being so good so early is almost unheard of in a draft, it's really great to see some good young quarterbacks coming through after there being such a drought of real players.

Tom Brady still ain't Tom Brady that we remember and harassing him, regardless of what defense he's facing like against Buffalo or New York seems to be a very good idea.

Cassel had a decent game for his first start outside of the Juggernaut that is the Patriots, I'm interested in seeing him in the next few weeks.

Job
09-21-2009, 11:21 PM
Look who they played

Indeed. Thanks for informing me on his play.

Raiderz4Life
09-21-2009, 11:30 PM
BBD, can you help me out on the history of the spread in the NFL. I know it was used in the early 90s, but I would like some clarifications in how that compared to what is being used today. (I'm too young lol)

Air Coryell ;)

NIN1984
09-21-2009, 11:47 PM
I agree about Russell, he is clearly very lazy. His film study must consist of the time it takes him to eat his #2 from Burger King.

Raiderz4Life
09-21-2009, 11:53 PM
I know everything people are saying bout Russell is completely true...yet I cant help but get a lil mad when people bad mouth my QB haha

Shiver
09-21-2009, 11:55 PM
Champ is up there, right now the best corners in the NFL

Namdi
Webster Revis

Finnegan Bailey

The rest.

Finnegan!? Wow... Might want to reanalyze that one. He isn't good, let alone one of the best.

Bailey is not in his prime anymore. He still is a savvy veteran, but he isn't like Asomugha and Revis who are at their peak, if not getting better.

Shiver
09-21-2009, 11:58 PM
I agree about Russell, he is clearly very lazy. His film study must consist of the time it takes him to eat his #2 from Burger King.

I loved it when he threw a pass to McFadden as if he was 6'10" and then he got on him about not catching it. I am still trying to figure out what is his problem; he wasn't terrible last year, not good for certain but much better than these first two games. He is making Vince Young look like Drew Brees.

diabsoule
09-22-2009, 12:01 AM
I can't wait for the first Saints vs. Falcons game.

Shiver
09-22-2009, 12:05 AM
It is going to be must-see TV for sure. I am just bummed about Peria Jerry, we are awfully thin at DT already and this does not help. It would be nice if Chris Houston didn't get burned up and down the field all day long by Steve Smith either. Smith has his number big time, almost as bad as Andre Johnson has Cortland Finnegan's number.

the decider13
09-22-2009, 12:06 AM
Look who they played

Yeah, it's not like they held a team to 10 points that scored 31 this week. At least they didn't have a number one overall pick who happened to be a multi time pro bowler at QB. And if only they had a really good WR.

sheesh

Champ has more in the tank than to be thought of only as a savvy veteran. He was unnoticed last year because of injury, but a healthy champ is still top 5.

aso, revis, webster, gamble, bailey. Woodson is still up there with the big boys too.

Shiver
09-22-2009, 12:09 AM
Actually I think there are two standout guys, after Revis and Asomugha there is a list about eight to ten deep of all worthy corners; they just do not inspire fear like a great corner should.

the decider13
09-22-2009, 12:11 AM
That probably is a better way to look at it, as aso and revis really are better than all of them.

Shiver
09-22-2009, 12:21 AM
The Patriots were 6th in rushing last year and 13th the year before that. It wasn't flashy because they used so many different backs, but it was effective and kept defenses honest.

Bengalsrocket
09-22-2009, 12:27 AM
Yeah, it's not like they held a team to 10 points that scored 31 this week. At least they didn't have a number one overall pick who happened to be a multi time pro bowler at QB. And if only they had a really good WR.

sheesh


I believe they held Cincinnati to 7 actually. Though to be fair, our offense had a lot of problems in week 1 (Coles dropping 3 passes / Special teams unit messing up that field goal).

Gay Ork Wang
09-22-2009, 02:00 AM
Cover 2 =/= Tampa 2. That is all

NY+Giants=NYG
09-22-2009, 07:12 AM
Cover 2, in my opinion, isn't going anywhere. The whole family of C2 has been around and will continue to be around. You have different coverages within that C2 family which will always be used to disguise coverages.

PACKmanN
09-22-2009, 08:31 AM
Woodson>Revis.

A Perfect Score
09-22-2009, 08:38 AM
*shrug* the pats had a craptastic rushing attack for the last few years and have more or less made it work. it seems to me that the bigger problem is that brady isn't stepping into his throws properly (especially when rushed), thus the guy who's normally pretty accurate is throwing footballs to no one.

also, no. champ bailey is not a top 5 cb anymore. he's certainly not a "shutdown" corner, or whatever it's being called these days. he's a very good corner, who supports the run better than just about anyone else at the position. but his coverage skills are waning.

For this, I gotta go with a guy I feel is very underappreciated at the CB position, Antoine Winfield. Always been a big fan of his, and that guy hits like a LB. For an 185 lb CB, he can lay the wood and is always aggressive in run support. Champ is very solid as well, and its a shame to see him declining, was always a fan of his as well (I own his jersey).

bigbluedefense
09-22-2009, 08:47 AM
I am talking about the base Cover 2. Relying on the front four doesn't work when every team has a "Wes Welker" who can gash your zone before your D-Line gets to the QB. That's why the rookie QB/WR have been able to produce right away out of college. They've simplified things, spread defenses out and work the zones.

Thats true to an extent. If I made a truths thread last year, one of the truths was going to be "the slot WR is the new TE", meaning that the slot WR is the new weapon used to gash defenses and use as a mismatch.

The base Cover 2 was really only ran by Indy last year. The Tampa 2 teams have made a lot of adjustments. Its not necessarily a dead scheme, but its a different scheme from when we once knew it.

Pittsburgh runs a ton of Cover 2 these days. Bellichick does as well.

A lot of Tampa 2 principles are still very prevalent in the league today, but what once used to be a simple defense that relied purely on athleticism and speed, no longer exists.

BBD, can you help me out on the history of the spread in the NFL. I know it was used in the early 90s, but I would like some clarifications in how that compared to what is being used today. (I'm too young lol)

Well, the only thing that really changed is the body type of the WRs. With the rule changes, smaller WRs have found much more success in the NFL, and its turned into more of a speed game. With these smaller shiftier guys, offenses are just trying to stretch you out in a variety of ways and are becoming successful in it bc you can't bump like you used to.

Thats why in today's league, the best pass defense is essentially just a pass rush. Coverage integrity is not what it used to be. Thats why the ZB is so successful these days. Its the best way of getting maximal pressure on the qb while keeping a decent amount of guys in coverage.

The WCO was really the most prevalent "spread" offense in the 80s and 90s, with the air coryell also being popular in the early 80s late 70s.

Right now the most successful way to stopping these spreads is the 3-4 ZB. You can use those hybrid rushers in a variety of ways. You need a jack of all trades Safety who can matchup with a variety of ppl.

Some 3-4 teams have split a rushbacker out wide to press up on these little slot wrs at the line and then either release, or delay blitz the qb. Its effective. You knock off the timing of the hot read and also confuse the pass protector who is trying to brush and go.

Speaking of which, I expect delayed blitzes to come back as well. Right now stunts have been very successful in confusing pass protection. The next step is delayed blitzes. With so many teams relying on RBs to pass protect more than ever, the more you can confuse that RB in protection the better you are.

Rex Ryan has had great success the past 2 games overloading one side of the line in a ZB and forcing the RB to pick up 1 of 2 free rushers.

This works in 2 ways.

1. Free hit on the qb, he has to get it to his hot read. Now if you used one of those rushbackers to press and release the slot, it makes it a hell of a lot harder for that qb to hit his hot read bc chances are it was his slot.

2. You take the checkdown of the RB out of the play bc he has to stay in and block.

Now this can work effectively, but you NEED a shutdown CB and a prolific safety to make it work. The jets have both, and youve seen the results.

Auron
09-22-2009, 05:22 PM
- I think I might have overreacted to the Texans opening week loss to the Jets who are making it pretty clear they are going to be a competitive team this year... (Jets) The Texans came out and played strong against their rival Titans and Matt Schaub finally had the type of game people were expecting him to have when the Texans signed him throwing for 357 yards, 4 TDs, and 0 picks. Now what concerns me is their Defense giving up 31 points to the Titans. The mis-communication on the play where no one split out with Chris Johnson and covered him was awful and just should not have ever happened.. Burn a Timeout if you have to, but you can't allow the oppositions most dangerous threat to have no one lined up near him on the snap.

- What is happening with the Titans? Not a good start for them this season.. yes they played a tough one vs. the Steelers.. but that Defense which has been a strength of that team for so long did not look too great vs. the Texans. Has Haynesworth been that huge of a loss for them? At the end of the day though the team that finished with the best record in Football last season is now 0-2.. and now faces a very tough game on the road vs. the upstart Jets.

- It's obvious that Tom Brady is not 100% back in sync yet he's attempted 100 pass attempts in the first 2 games. Have the Patriots been able to run the ball at all?

- Ted Ginn is developing into a pretty nice Receiver from what I saw.. he's really showed improvement in his Route running, and he was Pennington's go-to-guy last night on tough 3rd downs. He missed a big catch at the end of that game though. Definitely not a gimme, but one that Elite receivers make to win the game for their teams... he'll learn from it though, I think he goes on to have a nice season.

- I like what Mike Singletary is doing with the 49ers.. 2 very important Division wins to start the season boosts confidence for your team. Is Frank Gore back to Pro-Bowl form? He certainly looked like it against the Seahawks... busting 2 long runs.

LonghornsLegend
09-22-2009, 10:31 PM
I agree with most of your thoughts, I was saying the same things about Revis to myself the past few days and actually meant to start a thread on him. He played two top 5 WR's in the league to start this season and was all over both of them...He played mostly man to man coverage too, and never got beat, and not only does he play lockdown coverage he can still make a play on the ball as well. I'd put him right below Aso at this point.



In agreement on the Jets, Flacco, and especially Tuck and Ratliff...Very good write-up though, most of the same thoughts I had after this week.

Xenos
09-22-2009, 10:42 PM
For this, I gotta go with a guy I feel is very underappreciated at the CB position, Antoine Winfield. Always been a big fan of his, and that guy hits like a LB. For an 185 lb CB, he can lay the wood and is always aggressive in run support. Champ is very solid as well, and its a shame to see him declining, was always a fan of his as well (I own his jersey).
I gotta throw Quentin Jammer into this discussion. When SD was playing the Vikings in 2007 and Jammer was in the game, we held AD to 40 something yards in the first half. He was a huge part of why we were able to control AD for so long. And then he got injured, and the rest is history.

OzTitan
09-22-2009, 10:45 PM
It is going to be must-see TV for sure. I am just bummed about Peria Jerry, we are awfully thin at DT already and this does not help. It would be nice if Chris Houston didn't get burned up and down the field all day long by Steve Smith either. Smith has his number big time, almost as bad as Andre Johnson has Cortland Finnegan's number.

While AJ has gotten to Finnegan at times, this past game was really more on Harper, who the Texans targeted with AJ, but the Titans didn't seem to try and counter from a gameplan POV. Texans totally out coached the Titans.

Jughead10
09-22-2009, 10:52 PM
Funny thing about the Ravens to me is they seem to have gotten away from Ravens football. I don't think this is a typical Ravens defense anymore. They've lost too much and are very week in the secondary. However this isn't your typical Ravens offense anymore either.

I'm not sure how I see that faring for them against big teams. They made the AFC Championship game, but they certainly got the easiest path to the final 4 of any of the teams by facing the overachieving Phins and Titans who have started 0-4 this year.

Giantsfan1080
09-22-2009, 11:00 PM
I thought Flacco would perhaps take a step back this year but that isn't going to be the case at all. Cam Cameron is going to do wonders for his career.

TitanHope
09-22-2009, 11:16 PM
It is going to be must-see TV for sure. I am just bummed about Peria Jerry, we are awfully thin at DT already and this does not help. It would be nice if Chris Houston didn't get burned up and down the field all day long by Steve Smith either. Smith has his number big time, almost as bad as Andre Johnson has Cortland Finnegan's number.

Andre Johnson lined up predominantly against Nick Harper's side on Sunday, not Finnegan's. Both of Johnson's TD's came against Harper with safety help. One was just a circus catch, and the other was blown coverage by Michael Griffin who didn't take AJ when Harper passed him on.

Mr. Stiller
09-26-2009, 08:33 AM
The Steelers Rushing attack is failing because of 2 main reasons:

1) Formations. We have a solid pass blocking OL. They're stonewalling 4-5 man rushes, only getting beat on Blitzes. In the run game they're not getting a great push, but we're running out of 2-3 TE and FB sets. We're letting teams stack the box and telegraphing the run.

2) Willie Parker has no vision. Watching both games thus far, there's been plenty of times where Parker had gaps to fire through and he ran either into the backs of his OL or right into the waiting arms of a Titans/Bears defender.

Our Limited Success has been with Mendenhall in 3-4 WR sets.

Parker's averaging 2.4 YPC
Mendenhall's averaging 6.4 YPC.

Needless to say they need to start running a spread offense. 3-4 WR's or 1 TE only sets. Ditch the Fullback unless they bring up Isaac Redman from the PS.

Let Mendenhall carry the rock as the main guy and use Willie as a 5-10 carry change of pace guy.

sweetness34
09-26-2009, 01:33 PM
So what you're saying is Mendenhall needs the rock more. ;)

He's such a beast.

DoughBoy
09-26-2009, 02:41 PM
It is going to be must-see TV for sure. I am just bummed about Peria Jerry, we are awfully thin at DT already and this does not help. It would be nice if Chris Houston didn't get burned up and down the field all day long by Steve Smith either. Smith has his number big time, almost as bad as Andre Johnson has Cortland Finnegan's number.

That was Nick Harper, I dont even recall Andre having a catch on Cortlands side.

MichaelJordanEberle (sabf)
09-26-2009, 07:20 PM
Champ Bailey is still amazing, but not as good as he used to be. He's been banged up the last couple of years(partly because he was our best run defender and partly because he was in coverage an average of 34 seconds per pass attempt). He looked worse the last 2 years than he was because of a lack of pressure and no safety help. But the prime Champ Bailey wouldn't have needed safety help.

MichaelJordanEberle (sabf)
09-26-2009, 07:22 PM
*shrug* the pats had a craptastic rushing attack for the last few years and have more or less made it work. it seems to me that the bigger problem is that brady isn't stepping into his throws properly (especially when rushed), thus the guy who's normally pretty accurate is throwing footballs to no one.

also, no. champ bailey is not a top 5 cb anymore. he's certainly not a "shutdown" corner, or whatever it's being called these days. he's a very good corner, who supports the run better than just about anyone else at the position. but his coverage skills are waning.

Yeah, Brady is physically healed, but to me it looks like he isn't mentally healed. He's thinking too much about the knee.

Shiver
09-26-2009, 09:36 PM
I think Brady may end up like Carson Palmer did, still very good but that mental block will keep him from being 'elite' again. Suffice to say this isn't the same guy who had the single greatest season for the QB position.

Mr. Stiller
09-27-2009, 10:03 AM
So what you're saying is Mendenhall needs the rock more. ;)

He's such a beast.

Yeah.

He's not going to gain yards on every play with our OL... but he has insanely better Vision and Hands than Parker. The fact their not letting him beastmode it is quite disappointing.

I think Mendy should be getting 15 carries and Parker 5-10.

Parkers gone after the year, and I'd love to see them Activate Redman from the PS. granted it was Preseason but he was destroying teams... not to mention his play against Carolina's 1st team defense was nothing short of stellar.

This is not the 3 yards and a cloud of dust team of the 70's, 90's, etc. This is a spread built team and should start acting like it.

Parker offers great change of pace but with his lack of vision, he shouldn't be starting over Mendy.

LonghornsLegend
09-27-2009, 07:17 PM
Yeah.

He's not going to gain yards on every play with our OL... but he has insanely better Vision and Hands than Parker. The fact their not letting him beastmode it is quite disappointing.

I think Mendy should be getting 15 carries and Parker 5-10.

Parkers gone after the year, and I'd love to see them Activate Redman from the PS. granted it was Preseason but he was destroying teams... not to mention his play against Carolina's 1st team defense was nothing short of stellar.

This is not the 3 yards and a cloud of dust team of the 70's, 90's, etc. This is a spread built team and should start acting like it.

Parker offers great change of pace but with his lack of vision, he shouldn't be starting over Mendy.



Dont you honestly think that if Mendy was showing something in practice after all this time he would be getting more carries? How else do you explain Wallace getting more snaps then Sweed?


You can't just say Mendy should get more carries because he was a 1st round pick, what has he done to deserve more carries? I've yet to see him do anything in a game, or pre-season game, that shows he needs to get more snaps.


I'm almost certain that if he was producing on the practice field they would be trying to find more chances for him to play...Seems like everyone just assumes he should get more snaps because he was a good prospect and was drafted high, but almost everytime he's gotten a chance to get snaps he's looked below average.