“Just because you're offended, doesn't mean you're right.” ― Ricky Gervais.
What if someone from a school of business or management school were to ask, How did you do this? How did you get the Pacers turned around? Is there a general approach you've taken that can be summarized?
Larry Bird: Yeah, patience.
I don't really have a problem with their philosophy. I like that they know what kind of team they want to be, and I have to admire the aggressiveness they are displaying to achieve it. This particular move I am just not wild about.
I think he is somewhat like Edge. Not as good but he has certain attributes like him that I think this team needs in order to have a power running game. Is it sexy? No but he is essentially what you need in a back. A strong runner who pushes a pile and protects the QB. If you want a home run threat normally those guys are limited in pass blocking and have durability issues.
One thing I think will definitely improve going forward is Richardson's presence in the passing game. I think he's only caught one pass so far and can't have seen more than 2-3 total targets, if that. Once he gets a firm grasp of the playbook, I think we will start to see more receptions out of him.
What's wrong with Chris Johnson, besides his ypc being down? The Titans are decent and Locker was playing really well before he got hurt last week.
Is our Offensive line really that bad? I mean compared to the "good" lines, is our line really that much worse? This poor line excuse I'm not buying with regards to T Rich. Watching him run, there doesn't seem to be any burst, seems indecisive at times. The top RB's appear to be shot out of a cannon when they run. I don't see this at all from Richardson. Good, tough runner, and will fall forward for positive yards. Beast at the GL, which is an important strength to have. I think what we see is what we will get out of T Rich. Come playoff time, he will be effective churning out tough yards, and I will support the hell out of him
David "And One" West
There's no holes.
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I don't think Richardson's overall YPC average will be above 4.0 even when he "settles in". Partially because of the offensive line, partially because I think he is more of a 3-yards and a cloud of dust type back and partially because he will get all of the short-yardage carries.
What I do want to see from him though is the ability to get better yardage late in games. This offense should wear down defenses and if over the next few seasons Richardson can average 4.5 (or more) yards a carry and move the chains in the fourth quarter when the Colts are eating clock and closing out games then this trade is a success.
I'm just going by what I see. I know the team rushing stats are impressive... I know our line stats are impressive.... but when I'm watching the game, he gets the ball, and he's either hit within 1 sec, or he runs into his lane which is just.... gone. About the only thing I could think of for him is to break protocol and start bouncing it outside or something. But I'd bet that he's following the script, setting up the play action, doing his job.
When I watched that last game, whenever Trent ran the ball, I looked for lanes which he could run through, and I had difficulty finding large gaps for him to get through. The one time we had a big hole was when Brown was in the game and he shot that for 50 yards.
I don't know, he may not be very good, but right now for me it's hard to say because he hasn't been given good opportunities
Don't ask Marvin Harrison what he did during the bye week. "Batman never told where the Bat Cave is," he explained.
You can't find guys that do all three things well (run, pass block and catch) and just plug anyone one in.
Its also improtant to know that if a guy has limitiations such as Turner that he can't catch the defense won't fear the screen or see him as a threat in the passing game so they cheat off of him in those plays.
I have no doubt Trent is not a home run threat but really what we need is a guy who can be somewhat like Marshawn Lynch. Run throw arm tackles and wear the defense down.
The point I made with MJD and CJ was that they are average right now becuase they don't have the holes to run through.
He was talking about production, and left the blocking and pass catching out of it from what I understand. Even then, is Richardson really that great at any of the three things you mentioned? So far in the NFL, he hasn't been. It doesn't mean he won't be, but there is plenty of reason to be skeptical at this point 20 games into his career.
MJD and CJ are average right now because they are past their primes. MJD's situation in Jacksonville is particularly pathetic. That team is a dumpster fire. The point I am making is that great running backs--elite runnings backs--find holes or bounce to the outside or make something out of virtually nothing. Otherwise all the good/great running backs in the league would just be on teams with the best offensive lines. It certainly helps, but it isn't the start and end of the discussion by any means.
He is an above average pass catcher and an above average pass blocker. For pass catching you can look at Ray Rice arguably one of the best and he averages 7.8 yards per catch. Trent had 7.2 yards per catch. He had 5 drops last year that were catchable balls out of 70 targets . To put that into perspective Vick Ballard had 4 drops on 27 targets.