Discussion in 'PatsFans.com - Patriots Fan Forum' started by NE39, Aug 1, 2008.
From Bucky Brooks Notes column in SI:
Seems like a great signing...what this will do is to have insurance if any of the RBs is hurt..which to me means that the running game will be front and center this year..AND will open up the passing game a lot more. Last year that really did not happen after Morris was out..it was more the pass...but I really think this year the team will grind out more yards on the ground..with 4 backs that will insure there are plenty of players that can do the job..There are many that are nicked banged up, but with the 4..it will almost insure that 3 will be ready and able to do the job...I think it's a great plan..
If they keep the 4 RBs as I expect them to, I'll be interested in seeing whether they actually run packages or situational substitutions for them, as opposed to just 1st and 2nd down vs. Faulk as a 3rd down back with substitutions for rest.
Jordan could be used on 3rd downs as well...And could they ever use 2 RBs?? That would be a big shift...a throw back to another era...one never knows what they have planned...
I would be shocked if Jordan doesn't make the team. I hope he does because the Pats would be pretty stocked at running back and still run the ball if someone goes down with an injury.
Not only the season ending injury..but if a back had minor dings..with 4 backs he could rest a week and not be playing and be recovering a lot quicker...in reality..all backs will be knicked up by the end of a sesaon..but with 4, it really insures that they will be a lot healthier at the end..Last year the running game really suffered after Morris went down..
The Patriots won't keep 4 RBs. They'll keep 5. DEFINITELY.
He meant 4 RBs and a FB. Welcome.
Split backs! Split Backs!
Now to get Brady and Jackson to hook up a BUNCH in TC.
I heard a rumor he has chronic back issues.
take that for what it's worth.
What I would love for the offense to use is the inverted-T formation popularized by the Panthers and esp. the Packers: QB under Center, split FBs (Evans & Morris) behind him, and the RB (LaMa or Jordan or Faulk) behind them. The balanced formation could run in either direction, and play-action would be awesome. The only drawback would be only 2 receivers running deep patterns, but shorter routes would still be in play, drives would be sustained, the clock would be killed, the defense would be rested, and our QB would be kept upright.
We'll need 5 RBs to run the old 5 lineman-QB-5 RB set. The Inverted H.
And now we have 'em.
Old-time football, yeah baby!
Alas, you need seven on the LOS (tackles have to be covered), so one leg of the H will be longer than the other.
OK, then put Morris and Jordan on the line.
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