I thought Jimmy Raye brought up a VERY important point after yesterday's game -- and I was wondering how many of you caught it.
It was an eye-opener to me. It's something that I hadn't even considered -- but you know what?
Jimmy Raye is dead on right.
His observation went something like this: Yes -- he knows that opposing defenses are going to stack eight in the box to stop Gore. He knows that sometimes the defense will bring ten into that box. And it's all designed to do one thing: STOP THE RUN.
But the point he made after that -- which really opened my eyes is this: What if the offensive line does its job and they get a hat or a hand on all eight players? How many are left downfield if Gore breaks into the open?
If you guessed "precious few," you won the prize
And that is exactly what happened with Gore's two long TD runs yesterday. Once Frank got eight yards into the D -- he was GONE. Daylight City! Run for the House! FRANK THE SPEED TANK! Touchdown!
You see -- I didn't even think about that once in my consideration of eight in the box or nine in the box. And I suddenly realized that defenses are taking at BIG GAMBLE by putting that many guys up front. It's as big a gamble as one-on-one coverage on the outside -- because if Frank gets loose -- kiss him goodbye on his way to the land of Quick Six.
If Frank busts another couple of long gainers next weekend -- you might see that eight man front slide back a bit. Our offensive line kicked the crud out of that defense yesterday.