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Running back backup: Plug 'n Play?

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Fossil, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. Fossil

    Fossil BoltTalker

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    Last year we added a zone read element to our run blocking. For years (especially under Shanarat), the Broncs effectively ran a zone read offense with plug 'n play RBs.
    We have RM and Woodhead as very solid starters. In our current search for a backup RB, can we save cap space and draft slots by targeting plug 'n play players? What say thee?
     
  2. SuperCharger92

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    Of course we can.. And to following posters who say "we need a guy who can punch it into the end zone" just stop. We need better play calling and execution there.

    We need a guy who, if Mathews goes down, can step up and not miss a beat. Especially need one after RM24 is a free agent next year, so we need an insurance policy. So I'd draft a guy in the mid rounds, 4th or 5th (deep RB class) and you can still get a quality player. Guy I like a lot is Terrance West.

    Free agents that could be attractive to Telesco are Donald Brown, Toby Gerhart and James Starks. I don't think we have the cap room to sign a guy to 3-4 years long term and anything over $1.5-2 million a year.
     
  3. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Terrell Davis was a great back, there is no way he was just a plug and play dude.
     
  4. Moses

    Moses Yeah Buddy!

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    What would you guys think of Jonathan Dwyer? He's a bigger and more powerful back, good in short yardage situations, shouldn't command that much money.

    I think a trio of him and the 2 guys we have would all provide a decent variety at a reasonable cost.
     
  5. HollywoodLeo

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    But what about Ruben Droughns, Mike Anderson, Tatum Bell, Selvin Young, and (as much as it pains me to lump him in this group) Peyton Hillis?
     
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    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    What about them, how many Super Bowls did they win with the lot of them combined?
     
  7. HollywoodLeo

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    Because Super Bowl rings is all you need to look at to tell the difference between a good running back and a bad one? (Or in the context of the conversation, a good running game and a bad one)

    I hope Kevin Faulk is getting his ticket to Canton ready.
     
  8. HollywoodLeo

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    Or, I suppose I can put this another equally sarcastic way.

    How many Super Bowl rings do LaDainian Tomlinson, Barry Sanders, and Eric Dickerson have? I don't think either of them are plug and play RBs either.
     
  9. HEXEDBOLT

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    For years (especially under Shanarat), the Broncs effectively ran a zone read offense with plug 'n play RBs
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but this leads me to believe the Donks, Shanahan and Super Bowls were in reference on topic with plug & play. Damn, that's right, you know everything about anything even before it's written all the time, my mistake. Good Grief.
     
  10. The LBC

    The LBC I'm a Real Prick

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    I don't think "zone-read" means what you think it does. Zone-blocking is not zone-read. Zone-read is part of an option offense - something that, given the fact that Rivers runs like a drunken giraffe, we literally can't run.

    What we implemented last year was power-zone blocking in terms of the run-blocking scheme used - similar to what college programs like Wisconsin and Alabama use. "Zone-read" is akin to what Oregon and Auburn run.
     
  11. Lance19

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    Inconceivable!
     
  12. The LBC

    The LBC I'm a Real Prick

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    Though, as long as it wasn't in a situation where he could get injured (i.e. full play), I think I'd thoroughly enjoy watching Philip try and run the read-option at least a couple times. Waiting for him to get around the edge might take a half-decade, but once that drunken giraffe gets a-rumblin'...
     
  13. Lance19

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    Seems slanderous to drunken giraffes…
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  14. Fossil

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    Good catch on the typo LBC. Any thoughts on a back up for RM & Woodhead?
     

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