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RE: Short yardage solutions - AUTiger7222 - 11-12-2012 02:31 PM
I just don't understand how on every short yardage situation our OL gets blown up. It's ridiculous. It's like they are weaker than the DL. I dunno. But all that being said I was happy to hear that Jaws still thinks the Falcons are the best team in the NFL despite our short yardage and tackling issues. Of course Merrill is on the Texans because they are a great running team. Even though it's been proven if you stop their running game it takes away their play action passing game and they become very average offensively and very beatable.
RE: Short yardage solutions - Beef - 11-12-2012 07:03 PM
I don't know how to fix the running game other than getting a faster RB and getting an OL that can open holes.
We might be able to stick with this OL if we just had a faster RB, however. Matt hikes the ball and some of the time the OL actually gets some initial push and for a brief moment opens holes. But Turner just isn't to the line yet. The holes close and Turner is too big to fit through whatever is left without banging off someone and losing momentum.
And Snelling is NOT the answer. Snelling is no faster than Turner and he's also a pretty stout guy. He has nearly the same problem as Turner.
And I love Quizz's shiftiness and he's freaking awesome in open space making defenders miss, but he's also pretty damn slow. I do think that he's our best alternative right now, though. He should get more touches and 3-down sets.
The only other thing I can think of right now, is give Antoine Smith a shot. That dude is lightning fast. He did really well in pre-season and then nothing. Not a single game snap other than ST since. Just give him a damn shot at it for fuck sakes. If he sucks, then we'll find out. But Turner is hurting us right now. He's a huge liability and we're losing because of him, period.
RE: Short yardage solutions - juraitwaluzka - 11-12-2012 10:57 PM
(11-12-2012 07:03 PM)Beef Wrote: The only other thing I can think of right now, is give Antoine Smith a shot. That dude is lightning fast. He did really well in pre-season and then nothing. Not a single game snap other than ST since. Just give him a damn shot at it for fuck sakes. If he sucks, then we'll find out. But Turner is hurting us right now. He's a huge liability and we're losing because of him, period.
That is it right there. Can't get any worse and we might find out something either way.
And I've never really been all that impressed with Smith until this preseason where I thought he really stood out. It was odd to see him in the game the other day, maybe he will start getting some carries.