Very true. That's one thing Chad was really good at. They have to get that straightened out.
Its not the QB its the design and the spacing. Giants and Falcons are equally bad. Giants have gotten SLIGHTLY better at this but the Falcons are horrible at RB screens. They throw some decent receiver screens however,
Its usually never with the QB its with the design, spacing, and set up. If the patience and mobility is there with the line and RB its cake for any QB. We've had some nice screens set up but the blocking slips out too early and leaves Sanchez with 2 guys too close for him to get anything off. We're almost there with the screen game ...
The entire draft should arguably be dedicated to offense, provided they can resign Landry and not kill their cap.
Honestly, I really like Jawan Jamison. He's local, is a probable 2nd or 3rd rounder. He's small but so is Rice and Rice is one of the top 3 RBs in the NFL (it's really on the Ravens for trying to let Flacco win games instead of just feeding Rice gratuitously).
It's funny because as mediocre as the Big East is, Rutgers produces good pros.
Jamison could fall even lower, but he probably will be coming out because he could lose his slot to Huggins next year. I mean Huggins was supposed to start this year.
It's time to stop dicking around and start feeding McKnight the ball as well.
If he fumbles, you deal with it, but he's by far the most explosive RB and isn't a terrible inside runner either. He's definitely showing toughness playing through a high ankle sprain.
The best way to get a top running back is to draft one. Paying for RBs in free agency is a bad investment IMO. If you want to get a cheaper #2 or 3 back in FA thats fine, but if you want a true #1 feature back, you draft them.
For a team that has come out and said it is all about running the ball, they certainly have not placed an importance on getting a true feature back.
I do believe they drafted their top 3 backs, and one was stolen off the practice squad. The way to get a top back is to get a whole lot of them, and develop one. Like QBs, RBs are very hard to pick because they have so much room in college. They don't block, or read complicated blocking schemes. They run over people or past them. Someone must know the % of 1st round backs, that live up to the hype. I'd guess around 20%.
In order to run a screen well you have to practice them, and then run them all the time in games. The Jets run 1 or 2 per game, and of all the play by play on ESPN, and NFL network, and through all the tweets, and KRL reports I have yet to hear of us practicing screens.
Greene has looked like a different back the past two games. Maybe the new blocking scheme is slowing down for him, or maybe he really is a slow starter. Maybe it's more Keller, and Hillard, and less Cumberland, and Conner. He drop one pass Sunday, but he also looked pretty natural making a couple very difficult catches on the run, so that is improvement.
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I'm not satisfied with Greene as the starter long term. But I don't think drafting a RB in the 1st round in 2013 is a smart idea -- unless it's some can't miss superstar and he's hands down the BPA.
That said, I'm all for taking another back next year with a middle/late pick... Chris Thompson from Florida State (who just tore his ACL) should be available later on because of his injury. Has some Leon in his game.
first off the jets have played 3 good games in a row and they probably should have gone 2-1 instead of 1-2. the running is getting better because the oline play is getting better. that's the key to any run game and it doesn't matter if it's shaun greene or earl campbell. the big problem i see with greene is he's always getting nicked up and can't stay on the field. he has shown some decent hands and some ability in the open field. maybe not as good as the jets need but good enough for now. mcknight needs more touches but he too gets nicked up and can't stay on the field.
Going into USC this guy was arguably as desired as Reggie Bush was coming out of Mission Viejo. He was the #1 HS RB coming out in 2007. He ran a 4.3 at the combine.
He could be very, very good. Whether as a complement to a grinder (one better than Greene) or as a feature in a spread offense.
I think he's showing some serious balls playing through a high ankle sprain and still being productive, too.
I am a firm believer that your offense should be based around getting your best/most explosive player the ball as much as possible.
If they really want to do a ground and pound, there's nobody, even with Holmes healthy, outside of Rookie Steven Hill with more physical attributes than McKnight and it's a damned travesty that they won't give him the ball more. And not necessarily just on runs. This guy can really shred a blitz off a screen. He just doesn't get the opportunities he needs to.