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Thursday, September 29, 2005

You have to run before you can run farther

Julius Jones is averaging a somewhat paltry 3.5 yards per carry after three games. Doesn’t bother me a bit because it has come on 74 carries. Jones has run pretty well. He’s done no dancing, he’s shown the burst on some nice runs, but the big one just hasn’t been there.

I think I’ve noticed on Tivo that he could have been more patient, or cut some runs to the outside, but that would be nitpicking.

The defenses he’s faced are also fairly stout against the run so far this year. The Chargers, Redskins, and 49ers are giving up 3.6, 2.7, and 3.7 yards per rush respectively. The average defense gives up 3.95 per rush. Dallas is giving up 4.4.

Based on last year, it’s also likely these early opponents have concentrated on stopping Jones, and taking their chances that Bledsoe will beat them. So far, he has, and once the pendumlum swings to take away some of the passing game, the run game should open up.

Tim Cowlishaw of the DMN did point this out after the Washington game, and it irked me too:

Then there's the in-game coaching issue. You have to give Jones relief at some point, but do you bring in Anthony Thomas for an entire possession after a turnover in Redskins territory? That's the time that you ride your best runner, isn't it?

Every week Parcells yammers about needing to give Jones or (insert any player on the roster) a rest. Aw, bullpuckey. Ride your best horse as often as you have to.


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