Originally Posted by 76Texan
TG, up to that point, the fact that the LB(s) crouching the LOS had no real effect on our running game.
On the first play where we gained 12, they had 6 on the line, and the LB jumping before the snap. They had 7, we still gained 12.
On the 3-yd loss, they had 5 on the line, one ILB jumping just before the snap, with the other one followed shortly.
On the 1-yd gain, they had 5 on the line; neither ILBs jumped.
There's nothing to support your assertion, I'm afraid.
The first play is not comparable in terms of the look the D gave us. On the play IN PARTICULAR, it was dead before it started. The difference is that the LB who jumped up pre snap (and there were two of them that did) was able to meet Casey head on in the BACKFIELD, thus forcing Foster to step back, giving time for the rest of the D to swarm. Tell me, how was that play ever supposed to work with the LB meeting Casey in the backfield? The -1 loss play was because Wilfork completely blew Jones up on the play. Different situations alltogether.