Discussion in 'PatsFans.com - Patriots Fan Forum' started by F0nSY, Dec 19, 2012.
Should the Patriots reduce Stevan Ridley's role? and more important: What will Bill Bellichik do? .
What good is reducing his role going to do? He's been our best back all year.
Now's the time to let him get his confidence back, not hurt it.
The patriots should just ride the horse that got them this far. Teams obviously respect his running his abilities enough to fall for the playaction.
Good point. IMO He's made an incredible season this year and he's a second year runningback yet.
Let him keep playing. He hasn't been consistent at all this season, but that can be helped with reps to keep his confidence up.
3.8 ypc the second half of the season..
The fumble that was caused by a helmet, that is pretty hard to avoid. Crap happens sometimes. I still like Ridley a lot.
He needs to focus on not fumbling however.
I assume that Bolden will be sharing more of the load. It might be all of the backs splitting time, which might be a good thing.
A classic case of "It is what it is."
Law Firm spoiled us with zero fumbles but Ridley is, IMO, a better back.
Ridley fumbles no doubt about as often as an average RB, but more often than a great one like AP.
We either "take the good with the bad" or we wait until we find perfection...i.e., forever.
I'm so afraid bill will bench him in the playoffs if he fumbles again before the season ends.
Give him 50 carries in the next two games, to see if he can handle it without fumbling.
He can't fumble again and I'm pretty sure he won't.
I'm on the "Give him the ball so he can get his confidence back" side of the vote. He's the best we've got and one of the better backs in the league. And didn't Adrian Peterson have fumble problems his first few years? Not saying Ridley is Peterson, but he was able to correct his issues and Ridley will also. Now is the time to show him you have faith in him correcting his problem.
He's been mediocre the past few games...
Ummm..he's been up against Houston and San Francisco defenses. Not exactly lightweights. Maybe it hasw something to do with the OL?
Just a thought.
Are you serious? He is arguably our best back and has the most experience besides woodhead. this is nothing more than a knee jerk reaction to a game where he fumbled in the pouring rain.
He will. Honestly, I would not doubt if this is the last we see of him this year. Same with Vereen. I bet he gave those guys hell for the fumbles. There is no way Bill trusts them in a big game. Zero trust.
That's kinda funny that you chose to use AP as an example of a non fumbler since fumbling was what he was known for early in his career.
Fumbles are going to happen its a hazard of the job. The Texans fumble possibly could have been avoided but a helmet put perfectly on the ball IMO should be chalked up to bad luck.
This is a massive over reaction - Check the stats, most of the effective RB's in the league have 3 or 4 fumbles this year. RB's fumble. It happens. Often it can't be helped, sometimes it can. If Ridley was carrying the ball carelessly, he should be taken to task. But if he was doing all that he physically could not to fumble, then we should live with it, not persecute the kid.
I doubt BB is dumb enough to sit him down. He will get his reps and be the most successful Pats RB since Corry Dillon
To put it in perspective he has the same number of fumbles lost as BJGE this year and is averaging .3 yards more per carry and has 1 less total carries.
i think bill will bench him in the first half this sunday.
I don't want to dump on ridley ... he's still young. But I would give at least 5 of his carries to woodhead come playoff time ... Not to many ... but he's ready to peak and ridley we can't be to sure if he is or isn't. There were more than a few in this forum some time ago who wanted to dump Faulk also for fumbling.
A lot of that can be attributed to not having Gronk's run blocking ability.hernandez does not cut it in that department.
Bolden was averaging 5.4 yards YPC before the suspensin.
Then, zero trust in them equals zero chance of winning the SB. I'm a huge Woodhead fan, but he can't provide what those 2 guys can. Different player.
I wanted him benched on Sunday after the 2nd fumble, but going forward, it won't help us any.
Time to move on...
Idk. The two games with Gronk (Buffalo and IND) he averaged 3.6 ypc against two crappy run defenses.
The Rams game in London is really skewing his stats (15 carries 127 yards), remove that and he has 4.1ypc on the year.
I'm not trying to hate, I like the guy and though he has had a solid season, but when you throw in pass protection, Brady's trust in the passing game, and a better hurry up/draw RB, I think I want Woodhead out there in the playoffs.
Having 4 RB's as good as the Pat's have and each with a role is going to wear down defenses when utilized properly. Each has their role and they are all good at what they do. I wouldn't say RB is a Patriot weakness, Ridley has the big play ability as does Woody. Vereen and Woody are the pass catchers and Woody is the sneaky draw and delay specialist. Bolden seems like a pounder as is Ridley. Plenty of duplicity. Can't wait to see what Demps brings. Speed to outside possibly and maybe a kick return specialist???
1. go buy yourself an NFL football
2. soak it thoroughly (put it in a filled bathtub or toilet... yeah toilet works!)
3. Carry it around all day, and beg the biggest MOFO's you meet to knock it out of your hands.
4. Report back with your "findings".
This is a thread for the ages. Ridley could have Curtis Martin numbers at retirement. "Could". He's already eclipsed the thousand mark with more to go this season. so laugh away, but a balanced offense with TFB under center is a gold mine for RB's.
Project those numbers, over six, eight or ten yrs, and we have a Pats HOF'er.
you have to roll with the guy that got you there...he's a 1000+ yard back and probably our most dynamic since Corey Dillon... but you dont phase out a guy who helped get you here.
now, I would like to see more carries from Bolden however...
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