Originally Posted by Carr Bombed
Michael Irvin had a HOF career doing that. He called it "creating space" and was a master of it as he also wasn't the fastest guy. The thing about offensive players is people read to much into their 40 times.. 40 times matter more in defensive players as they need to be more reactive. The offensive player already knows what he wants to run and where he's going to run before the play is even snapped (proactive) and that's accounts for a good one tenth of a second (advantage is always to the offense).
His long strides and route running eats up ground (ala Foster). The guy flat out has a uncanny ability to get open and the ability to create a window. (route running, which is a VERY RARE commodity with young WRs.. that's usually the last battle and he already has it.) He just needs a QB who can recognize when he's open before Andre goes out with a injury...
P.S. Andre needs the same type of QB.. hence why a HOF type of WR has never recorded a single double digit TD season in his career... which will be his biggest knock if he comes up short of HOF recognition. Andre has played with crap QBs when you think about it.. think of his prime.. think of his prime with a QB like Brees, Brady, or Brees.. think about that for a second. It
The 40 Yard Dash can be broken down into 3 distinct parts: the Drive, the Transition, and Top Speed. The Drive is basically the first 7 steps or so right off the line. Good form is to explode out of the line at a 45 degree angle. Bad form is to jump straight up, and then run forward. The Transition is the middle part of the sprint. This phase is kind of like 2nd-4th gear in a car. You are basically just trying to get up to top speed.
Top Speed is a little bit of a misnomer because sprinters usually cannot achieve top speed in 40 yards. Most athletes don't reach maximum top speed until at least 55 yards. For this reason, good form is to pretend like you are running a 60 yard dash so that you are continuing to accelerate THROUGH the finish line. This fact explains why some players have what is called "deep speed". Some players like Terrell Owens may not have been fast between 0-40 yards, but between 40-60 yards they start to run past cornerbacks. And this is another reason why Usain Bolt's (the Jamiacan world class sprinter) top speed of 27 miles per hour occurs AFTER the first 40 yards.
So for WRs, it is many times much more important what they can do AFTER 40 yds.
If you ask most people, "Why does the NFL use the 40 yd time to evaluate players........where did it come from?", they won't be able to tell you. Well, certainly the 40 yard dash has long been a way of evaluating the speed of football players by scouts for the NFL Draft..........and the origin actually comes from the average distance of a punt being ~40 yards.