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  1. spacecrime

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    Okay, I spent years here villifying Kevin Faulk.

    It is now time for me to fess up and say, "He done good."

    He done, and is doing, great.

    He went from a such a bad fumbler where I cringed and closed my eyes everytime he had the ball, to a guy I am glad to see get the ball more often.

    Faulk is a great example of how a player can turn around and totally eradicate a glaring fault in his game, and why I will try to never ever say, "Player xyz will never ...."


    EDIT: I hope in a couple of years to be saying how Maroney learned from Faulk and went from being a dancer to a hit-the-hole-like-an-ape-with-its-butt-on-fire runner. After all, it has to be easier to learn not to dance than it is to learn not to fumble. Stay tuned...
     
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    :rofl: I can't even remember the last time Faulk fumbled.
     
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    LOL. You made my morning! :)
     
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    Ok, I had to grab some historic stats because I too can't remember the last time Faulk has fumbled. here are his stats:

    1999 - 3 fumbles
    2000 - 6
    2001 - 2
    2002 - 1
    2003 - 4
    2004 - 2
    2005 - 3
    2006 - 2
    2007 - 1
    2008 - 0

    This is for everything from rushing, receiving, punt returns, and kick returns
     
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    OK. Now we need to know how many times he touched the ball each season and how his fumble percentage compares to that of other players. I do understand Spacecrime's point, though, because whenever Faulk did fumble in years past it seemed to be at a very costly point in a close game. Suffice to say that he's more than made up for those errors with clutch play from the line of scrimmage, and has been pretty steady fielding the ball on punts.
     
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    I am not sure about the timeliness aspect but I have always thought Faulks bad fumble rap went back to that really bad 6 fumble season. For someone who touches the ball as much as he does return game/pass game/run game 2 or 3 would be almost acceptable (not that any are but they happen) but the last few years he has been as sure handed as anyone in the league.


    Knock on wood
     
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    Faulk is obviously a little less muscled than the classic workhorse NFL running back. Except perhaps for a few carries per season, he's not a guy to hit a narrow hole and come out the other end with his legs churning, the ball still in his hands, and opponents falling over backwards. He's vastly stronger than ordinary mortals, of course, but he's evidently not vastly stronger than other NFL players, his blocking prowess notwithstanding.

    That's why he's the best RB in the league in a certain specialty role -- commonly but inaccurately referred to as "third down" -- rather than simply being one of the best RBs in the league overall.

    That's also, at this point in his career, pretty much the ONLY deficiency in his game.
     
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    I wish you hadn't said that...
     
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    BB and Dante seem to think so. Did you ever notice when the opposition punts from midfield (we would be receiving it deep in our territory) it is always Faluk returning. Any other time, it is Wes Welker (who is a better overall return man than Faluk).
    That tells me the coaches trust him a great deal and that fumbling rap is a faux.
     
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    It's good to see at least one person around here admit they were wrong and eat some crow.
     
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    Where Spacecrime goes the board follows. :snob: I can't wait to see who steps up for crow munchies next.
     
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    Not bad, tastes like spotted owl.

    I would hate to see this forum stoop so low. :eek:

    Mostly, I am pleased for Faulk, and it gives me hope for Maroney.

    ps For the 6-year poster person (sorry, forgot who you are), it hasn't been six years (though it was a funny post). Faulk drove me nuts a couple years ago. It was only last year and this that I didn't hold my breath when the got the ball in his hands. Now I love to watch him weave his way through the fatties.
     
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    Could be worse, but it's name must not be mentioned!
     
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    I understand, after being busted in possession of a few fatties, he's now more determined than ever to avoid them at all costs. :cool:

    I've always loved Faulk and thought him terribly underrated, but there were a few years when his fumbles seemed to happen at exactly the wrong moment. There weren't a lot of them, just realllly at the wrong time.
     
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    Wow, I don't think I watch the same Patriot games you do. ;)
     
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