Atleast three different drives ground to a hault with one simple substitution last week. Ridley ran off, Woodhead came on. Ridley: Explosive, elusive, fast, strong, game-changer. Woody: Smart, kind of blocks, takes what is given, sure handed. I could kind of understand the surehanded thing being a BB grudge carry over from last year, but wtf. Even the on "the hold," woody didnt do anything to make the play, the oline simply took Ari to school (for all those thomas haters, the kid looked good in the run, even more impressive pulling, although he tended to line up funny tipping his hand), so I don't want to hear it. On atleast three of the previous scoring accidents (drive doesn't fly for me, we were driving before Ridley gets pulled), the offense was having their way up to midfield, earning first downs in ARI territory. Enter woodhead. Cue up incompletion/lackluster 2yd run and now we are looking at 3rd and eight. Obviously none of them panned out. More than once, Woody had lanes to run in if he could even break arm tackles from engaged defenders inside. Nope. Its not like Ridley was calling himself, one drive I think it took five plays...WTF. If anything, you would think the reverse would be in effect. Use the less explosive, safe guy when in your own end. Hit the fifty and bring out the pitbull and hope he remembers who his handler is. ****, this kid has looked nothing short of spectacular. And we pull him when he starts getting into area of the field where he truely could break it for a score on any touch? all this kid does is produce 10-20 yd runs. Wouldn't these big gains be that much more impactful inside the fourty? Any redzone run he is a true danger to punch it in. Corey Dillon, or Woody? Ok, ridley =\= dillon, he probably could be as good if he keeps his **** together. Hell, most the time faulk only saw the field on third down, as it should be. Occasionally, there would be no huddle spurts where Corey had to watch, but not planned, predetermined, player for player subs. WTF. Its like it was the gameplan. "Yeah, Stevan, its Josh. Bill is worried about the stats your racking up and we need to keep the TDs to a minimum for when we lowball you and extension offer next year. Any time we cross the fourtyfive I'm going to go ahead and put woody in there, this offense is so good it won't matter..." it makes no sense. I am at a loss. I understand (kind of) when your running the two minute drill and need someone with an understanding of the offense and familiarity with tb. At the same time, this is Ridley's second year in the program, no? Let me put it this way, say we traded both Woody and Ridley to Bal for Rice (will never happen, but work with me here). Who do you want to see lining up in their backfield? Hell, I couldn't answer ridley with a straight face. The guy can hurt you, any play. It's almost like BB/McD think they can outsmart everyone. Seems BB may have realized the err in this thinking, look at what he did with the defense in one draft. Everyone loves to talk about the situation with Wes, but this goes unnoticed. Wes is one of four or five possible receiving options at any one time. We rarely have more than one true running option on the field at a time. And I doubt anyone will try to argue Woody being a better back than Ridley. Hell, I'd wager that more people would argue Vereen being a better back than Woody than Woody being better than Ridley (I am not saying Vereen is anything, outside of an impressive looking option based on preseason). Is it me or does Josh seem like the special kid figuring out which matchbox car he wants to play with. They are all shiny, theyre all new, hell, most of them look the same. But as soon as one proves it can do xyz, he has to see if option b can do it as well. The whole WR/RB thing smells of cutting the only serviceable safeties last year. Hey Josh, just because you can doesn't mean you should.