Originally Posted by Don Giovanni
I've seen a few people make this comment, and it's one I couldn't agree with more. It's an understatement to say I'm happy with what Davis and Wilds have done, but to think of the numbers Lattimore could have put up *especially his freshman year) behind the level of play we're currently getting from the OL blows my mind.
The majority of yards that Marcus got between the 20s WAS ALL MARCUS.
Very little help from the line actually opening lanes for him to run up in.
How many times have you seen Marcus run to the A or B gap and it either
be collapsed almost at the snap of the ball, or either have it fall apart because
of no push by our line, and him bounce it to the outside, or just sheer
muscle through a defender who had him wrapped up in the backfield, and
make positive yards out of it ?
Mike is having an excellent start to this season, but Mike's carries are
through a lot of open lanes and big holes at the line, OR we are getting
him out on the corners with the option pitches or the off tackle run calls.
He does his punishing downfield when he can't run around a man. He (like
Marcus) is capable of getting you that 2-4 yard gain inside when you need
it, but Mike is best when we can get him some daylight outside the A or
B gaps. Marcus just tore it up in that territory but had he gotten some
better blocking, he would have challenged George Roger's totals. I'm
convinced of that.