Originally Posted by Tailgate
Of course it matters. One, when are you honestly expecting James Casey to win that battle vs a LB so quick out of his stance? This is not Leach we are talking about. Not only did the LB blow up Casey, but he made the tackle. Two, even if Casey won the collision, the goal of the defense is to meet the FB on any running play as EARLY AS POSSIBLE. Its football 101. And they did it in our backfield. The matchup was not in our favor on this play.
When I said it doesn't matter, it means that Casey needs to be even.
He's quicker than Leach, he should have been there at least a half hard deeper.
In that scenario, even if he gets blown up just the same, Foster still had a little more room to operate.
He decided to squat where he did, he should be able to sustain the blow instead of getting blown up.
He has got to find the best position so as not to get blown up.
It only ends up worse for Casey himself on the block.
If he needed to squat a little sooner, then that's what he should have done.
Foster then can make a decision when and where to cut.
Don't forget that Foster is supposed to be good because he knows to press the heels of his blocker; but those heels cannot go backward.