Parker�s Delays vs. Mendy�s Plunges -- A Thesis
Steel Trap and I discussed this and developed a thesis.
We watched the Tivo of the
The running plays that Mendy ran two days ago essentially featured Mendy shooting straight ahead, and Ben taking a step (a single step) and handing off to the side. Mendy is lined up 7 yards deep.� These are direct, quick-hitting plunges that occur within a second of the snap.�
The running plays that Parker ran against the Cinci Bungles essentially featured Parker delaying, and Ben taking 2-4 steps back to get the handoff to him, off to the side and reaching. Parker is also lined up 7 yards deep. Parker builds up precious little momentum or speed.�
This is all readily viewable on your Tivo or other recording device.� See for yourself. �And this wasn�t a �1 time� aberration in which these aforementioned occurrences happened once or twice over the course of the game.� These happened with routine regularity; Parker getting delay handoffs with minimal effectiveness, and Mendy running quick, hard-hitting, direct plunges.�� And in the case of Parker, you�ll recall that he was constantly stopped for �no gainers� in the Cinci game by BACKSIDE pursuit that simply wandered, untouched, down the LOS for the cake-easy stop.� In Mendy�s case, the backside never had a chance because he was into the hole, and beyond, before they could help out.��
puzzling thing behind this bizarre discovery is that the Stiller offensive line
isn�t anywhere capable of holding blocks for an extra second, or two,
while Parker delays, stutters, and meanders.�
In its heyday, the Bronco O-line was a master at holding blocks for eons
while Terrell Davis or Mike Anderson looked and hunted for a spot.� This ain�t that
At any rate, this factual discovery bears all sorts of follow-on questions:
� - Why are Parker's plays different from Mendy's?
� - Are they actually different plays?� Or are they merely being executed with a large degree of variation?�
� - Why does Parker delay? On almost every run?�� Is this by the demand of the coaching staff, or his own decision?�
� - Why does Ben clearly take different steps with the different RB's?� �Is this by design, or is he merely accommodating each RB�s personal style?
have the thesis developed, just not solved.�
As has been the norm since its inception, Stillers.com is at the
forefront of the analytics behind the Stillers, and we�ll pay further attention
to this matter with Parker likely returning to the lineup in
Still Mill and
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