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Old 10-01-2004   #21
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You are right-on about Fisher and the Titans! Like Carr, the Oilers drafted
McNair because of his nickname, aka 'Air McNair.' But for years Fisher
used George's running as the Titans primary offense-- only changing
after George's avg yds per carry dipped below 3yds--and look what
"Air McNair" did! Now, the Titans are back in the "feature back" offense
and are losing, not scoring points.

That is the same thinking of the Texans. There is not enough space here
to print all the excuses that have been given about why Carr is not the
offensive focal point. Suffice it to say, however, that we may never have
a 'perfect' scenario for Carr to shine...so, do we stay with the excuses
and waste his talents hoping for a 'perfect' offense that may not happen?
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I wonder if it just takes a very special kind of back to base your whole offense around him.

LT, J. Lewis, and Steven Davis... All these guys are great backs that have the entire offense focused around them. in the case of Lewis and S. Davis, the only reason their teams have been successful is because their defense rocks. Now, I can understand why this can be a good thing.. after all.. Carolina went to the SB, and the Ravens have been dominating for quite a while now.. but the key to their success is their RB.. he is big, fast, tough, and very talented.. he can bust through the line for a yard, or break a 100 yard run, or catch the ball on a drop off pass and make things happen.. He allows the offense to get by with average receivers and an average QB. And I suppose that the money saved on offense allows you to pay your defensive playmakers the big bucks.. thus supporting a dominant defense.

Im sure Capers and Co. would love to have this setup.. but if thats what we wanted then we shouldnt have got us one of the best young QBs and WRs in the league. We need to play to our strengths. And that means we need to focus on our passing game, not our running game.

DD is great.. but he is great in a Warrick Dunn, Edgerrin(sp) James, Brian Westbrook kind of way. He is a talented back that can make big plays once you get the Defense looking for the pass. He isnt a 30+ carry per game type of back that is gonna carry the whole team to the playoffs.

The way I see it, we either need to start working that passing game.. or find us a premier, every down kind of back.

Personally im alright with either option. I like that we are trying to build a dominant defense.. im a defense kind of guy and I think that a defensive team would be fitting for this city. I also like a great running back.. I like watching us run the ball and I like running the ball in Madden .. but we cant just toss any quality RB out there and expect him to be a Jamal Lewis. You gotta have the right guy, so if thats what we want to eventually do.. then start looking for him.. but in the meantime, work on that passing game.

Anywho. DD is great.. I love him.. i think he can be a key part of this offense, he IS a playmaker, he just isnt a one man show.



EDIT: btw. Steven Davis: 6'0", 230lbs. Jamal Lewis 5'11" 245lbs. D. Davis 5'9" 221lbs.

Thats a pretty big difference, especially when id say that both of them are faster than DD.

In contrast, LT is 5'10" 221lbs.. but they also use LT like a TE half the time too.. dumping it off to him. The Chargers have also sucked for a long time, maybe that has something to do with it :P.

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DD is "A" weapon not "THE" weapon we have. The out come of this may be a bit of offensive growth for us, just like the artical. Personally, I have been waiting for us to lean on the other playmakers more and to start chllenging the other teams defense.
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I don't know why Capers tends to be so conservative with the offense early in the season, but for the 3rd time in our young existence, he is starting us out that way. Hope he allows Palmer to open it up more Sunday against 'Da Raiders.
Humor me and give your defination of 'conservative'.

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i dont think those bashing DD are making much sense. the only knock on DD so far is that he fumbles. he didnt fumble last year and a few early this season induces a knee-jerk reaction. then they want to stick hollings in because he's going to be better than DD simply because he's faster. hollings hasnt proven he's capable of producing for an entire game yet and appears to use KY on his hands. if DD fumbling is a problem, the last person we need in there is hollings.

i like both of em and believe we've got a great tandem, but c'mon ... it should be obvious that DD is our best back.
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Yeah, 157 total yards and 2 TDs. He really lost that game for us. Without his offensive output, the Texans would never have been in postion to tie with 4 minutes left in the game.
Without his offensive output? It takes an offense to move down the field. Not Domanick Davis. Plug in Hollings or Wells, to take 800 5 yard passes, like Davis gets, and you are in the same boat.

I think that Davis has been doing too much fighting for extra yards at the wrong times. When you spin in place, and slip away from tacklers, you are in one spot where the D player can focus on the ball.

Hold on to the ball first.
Get your yards second.
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Vinnie, I agree that we need a "power" back that can guarantee 2-3 yards on a 3rd or 4th down attemp. I am not sure DD would fill that bill. He may be a little light for that.To move a back with 75 yds/game rushing potential to a 3rd down back doesn't make sense to me. Like most, I worry about DD & Hollings injuries. Neither are pound it up the middle types. DD is a cut back runner (thus new blocking scheme) & Hollings is a scat back type for end arounds. Both can do well with draw plays with proper o line blocking. DD is also a receiver out of back field & some complaints seem to ignore those yards. Yes, we can point out any player's negatives which is fair but we need to give whole picture, folks.

I think Wells, DD, TH and occasional play by a full back will give us close to 200 yards rushing & receiving per game. Another 200 yds in passing to Tight Ends & Recievers (very possible) make for a good offensive game.

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i think DD is the best back we have right now. he is shifty and hard to bring down. he is also an excellent receiver out of the backfield and that adds a whole new dimension to our offense; however, he does need to learn how to hold on to the football better when he fights for those extra yards. and i somehow get the feeling he realizes that...but i can see how much he wants to be great in this league. it looks like he is trying to hard to succeed and doesnt concentrate enough. but practice and pep talks can solve that.
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Great article Vinny! Let's see how we do again with the Dom Davis void again.
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I like DD and think he will be just fine. I think we just over used DD in the first 2 games. We need to find the right balance of running and passing plays. We also need to put Hollings in to mix it up. I know Hollings has been out so maybe that was some of the cause of the DD over use. If we get a 1-2 punch running game going and up our number of pass plays then we just might get some back to back victories. That means throwing to the TE over the middle also. Throw more to AJ. Keep playing Armstrong. And how about some play action assuming we can get enough time to throw.
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