why is our running game so bad?
you may be closer to the truth than you imagine! seems to be a combination of the interior line either not being strong enough (i.e., rabach) or quick/athletic enough in space (i.e., dockery) as the zone blocking scheme emphasizes. I think Portis has enough burst and sees the holes.....but he does seem to have balance problems. he's lost his cut back abilities after all these years of North/South running.I personally think it is both the interior of the line and the slow backs. Portis looks like he has absolutely zero burst. Even when he had a hole yesterday he ended up with three yards or so, it was pitiful. Larry Johnson gave his best Randle El kick return impression and Williams is not a starting back.
They obviously cannot find a good fit for the LG position. Lichesteinger (however you spell it) and Dockery continue to switch in and out. It seems like they are praying for someone to step up and take charge. Dockery always seemed like a poor in space run blocker to me (for pulling and the like). I have never liked Rabach, he may be smart, but he cannot block worth a darn, it seems like he is always getting run over. Hicks is a quality backup at best.
I am probably wrong.
Actually, if I were a defensive coordinator, I'd do the opposite. The Redskins showed they can pass. They passed for 426 yards against Houston. They haven't shown they can run. So I'd stop the passing game and make the 'skins show they can beat you with the running game.I think we will start to see the running game open up some. Frankly, if I were a defensive coordinator I would play the run until the Skins proved they could pass on someone. I think they did that this last week against Houston but it might take another couple of games before teams decide this is the new reality and they need to seriously adjust to it.
Once that happens, I think Clinton will start to look like Clinton again.
I hope it means you're addressing the Defense in the first round. We're playing a 3-4 defense with 4-3 personnel. We need a BIG MLB that can run. We need a better NT and someone better than Golston at DE. We need a legitimate FS. Hey, I'm not asking for much.Say goodbye to LJ. Elevate Torain. Give Brandon Banks his time - not a running back, but as a 4th receiver, you can give him some WR screens and the occasional end around.
Search various practice squads and see if there is a potential gem to be found.
For next year, we will need the following for the running game...
Good replacement at center - a gem can be found in round two. Get younger and better at right guard - free agency or the draft. Get a stud RB in the fourth round (Coach Shanahan knows how to find these gems). Get another in the seventh round.
Yeah, this is why I question the switch to the 3-4. We knew our line needed a lot of work, which we weren't gonna be able to fix in one off season. We knew our WR corps were pretty weak. You have to figure there is always going to be one other area that you think of as a strength entering the season that ends up being weaker than you thought. In this case, it looks like the RB got old fast.I hope it means you're addressing the Defense in the first round. We're playing a 3-4 defense with 4-3 personnel. We need a BIG MLB that can run. We need a better NT and someone better than Golston at DE. We need a legitimate FS. Hey, I'm not asking for much.