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Old 10-04-2004   #21
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I have liked the efforts of all 3 backs this year. Injuries do play a part. As I have mentioned before, I'd like to have a big ol' power back that could guarantee 3 yds every time he touched the ball in a short situation. Wells may come to fulfill that role as he ran strong yesterday. As others have said, blocking makes an average player look pretty darn good. I think the player will depend on the play. As 4th round picks, Wells & Davis make Casserly look like a genius. Why did Baxter have a return? Was Moses out for that play?
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Why did Baxter have a return? Was Moses out for that play?
Nope, Oakland's kicker hit it short and to the left of the field--straight to Baxter.
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Wells had a great game yesterday under the circumstances, but I still view him as the 3rd stringer, altough he is giving me pause to wonder if he might slip ahead of Hollings. You can't teach speed, and Hollings has that in spades. Anyone remember that run of his in the preseason? Think Wells can do that? Wells reminds me a little of Gary Brown.

As to DD, is it just me, or does anyone else notice the irony of winnning 2 games in a row, with DD on the bench? Look at the way the offense has opened up in these games. Look how Billy Miller has been brought back from the witness protection program. Look how Carr is exploiting the seam against the cover two all the sudden. It seems to me that DD was the equilvent of Linus's security blanket. Since he has been out, Carr has been forced to survey the field, and not rely so quickly on the checkdown to the RB. It wouldn't bother me at all if DD was out another week or two. I hope this will also be a lesson for when DD gets back.
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Okay. Today I am enjoying a nice big bowl of crowe. I admit Wells has not been one of my favorite players to talk about. I have enjoyed his team first attitude and I believe that is why we are talking so great about him today. His play resulted in a win so I am more than happy to eat this bowl of crowe.

I believe his opportunity came at the right time as maybe now the coaching staffs eyes have opened to Carr being the man the offense needs to go through. I believe Davis would've had a break out game this week though on some of the runs Wells couldn't make. I also believe Wells was a big factor on 3rd down and I believe those short gains are the ones that Davis has more trouble making, and him being a bigger backs allows us not to be so predictable on those 3rd and short situations because we won't have to be in an I formation each time.
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EXACTLY.....i mean i was happy w/ the way Wells played but D.D can do more things when he's in. He had a few bad games so lets not just forget what he did for us in 2003. PLEASE get well D.D !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The thing that strikes me is Wells only put the ball on the ground once, because the defender got lower than he did and put a helmet on the ball. DD is having injury issues and IF he continues to put the ball on the ground IMO we need to take a hard look at our RB situation.
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Maybe Hollings shouldn't take too bad a hit for the botched exchange/fumble, but he definitely got away with another fumble that wasn't called by the refs (it was pretty clear on replay--WHEW!!). Bottom line, as stated earlier in this thread by a couple of people, is that Hollings doesn't have much experience and isn't proving any more or less durable than DD. The guy has 134 yards rushing in his whole career.

Right NOW, in my view, Wells is a better back. BUT, it's not that simple. They both have a career 2.9 rushing average. Hollings is faster and a better receiver. Wells is stronger and is a better blocker. They provide different things for different situations.

Come to think of it, Wells has practiced as a backup fullback when Norris and Baxter were hurt. Why couldn't we get both Wells and Hollings on the field at the same time?
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I think DD should start when he is healthly, of course. But, I see his time on the field, per game, going down and down. His fumbles are probably partly because of weariness, although I've heard the arguments against that. His health is also an issue, partly because the health of ANY RB is always an issue and partly because he is a little small. Wells has proven something and I, like most, am not ready to give up on Hollings yet, either. Right now, I'd like to see a healthy DD playing 50% of the game, with Wells playing about 35% and Hollings getting in a few rushes also. That's just until we see Hollings break out or DD fumble again or whatever happens next.

What I'd like to see is DD for 175 yds. rushing (not receiving) against Minn. and NO FUMBLES.
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As to DD, is it just me, or does anyone else notice the irony of winnning 2 games in a row, with DD on the bench? Look at the way the offense has opened up in these games. Look how Billy Miller has been brought back from the witness protection program. Look how Carr is exploiting the seam against the cover two all the sudden. It seems to me that DD was the equilvent of Linus's security blanket. Since he has been out, Carr has been forced to survey the field, and not rely so quickly on the checkdown to the RB. It wouldn't bother me at all if DD was out another week or two. I hope this will also be a lesson for when DD gets back.
You know, I really think there is something to that. There were no fumbles, which really cost us in our 1st 2 games. Second, the playcalling has improved IMO. Like you said, without Carr being able to give it to DD on easy dunk passes, he was able to survey to people who you are actually supposed to pass to: Recievers and Tight Ends!!! We have a great core of recievers and tight ends, we might as well use them, right?

I also maintain the stance that if DD fumbles, BENCH HIM. He is great, but I don't think he is a guy who can be the difference between winning and losing. Wells and Holling (unfortunately both are fumblers too) are reliable backs as well. You have got to teach this guy not to fumble and there is no better way to drive that point than to keep him off the field. I really like DD and there is no question that DD is our starting RB, but he should not be accounting for over 45% of our offense. Especially when you have a set of tight ends and recievers that are at least top 15 in the league.
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I think with the success the team had without DD, he may be driven once again to perform well. Some of DD's fumbles did come from second efforts though. You can't really get too mad at that because alot of DDs second efforts result in positive yardage and TDs.
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I am naming my next child after him. I tatooed the number 32 on my chest. I created a bust of him and I'm sneaking into Caton tonight. Satisfied? He played well. without him we would not have won last week. what else is there to say?
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