The 3rd back in this group, dropping down the list of backs has been defined as a 3rd down back, to be used out of the backfield as a either pass catching threat, or to be used as an additional blocker, to assist in converting 3rd & long. Defenses have no interest in allowing quarterbacks the opportunity of setting up in the pocket, so additional rushers or attackers are thrown at this blocking concept to sack the quarterback. In other words ... remove an offensive threat (-1) ... add an additional defensive threat (-2). Now doesn't that sound like a good idea ... like the PREVENT DEFENSE. In the event that you see Adrian Peterson on the side lines during the 4th quarter, with the 3rd down back on the field, that directly translates to, Stick a fork in us because ... we're done. Historically, the best ... the greatest offensive threats ... never come off the field for any reason whatsoever. They are multi-faceted offensive threats ... not one trick ponies.
In Minnesota, the #2 back is never to be used unless it is to spell Adrian Peterson for a blow, which rarely happens. You can always spot the #2 back as he's the one with all the dust accumulating on him. At least we can count on him to be fresh. What????
resulted and evolved from
the Chilly era Chess strategy, or a war of attrition but to be fair to Chilly,
it has been in place well before his era. This concept is the direct counter
to the "GO STRATEGY".
Is it any wonder why at times it appears quite easy to stop this Viking offense. Sort of like Culpepper saying, "No Problem, (if I get in trouble), I'll just chuck it deep to Moss". Wining in this league requires a whole lot of things, but most of all it takes thought and creative imagination.
How is it that our best athletes somehow are not always on the field? To change this ... we have to get past fear.
find ourselves confronting a new dilemma. Not only was Joe
Webb stellar ... with the Vikings organization trying ever so hard to put that genie back in the bottle ... apparently this
kid from Stanford ... Toby Gerhart, is a power back with purpose directly in the
mold of the Diesel. At 4.9
yards per carry in 2011 ... this is a major-major problem. What do you do
available carries are under the ownership and jurisdiction of AD and AD alone. To
many egos ... not enough balls ... I guess? Stupid is ... as stupid does! I
for the key question. If you were told that a Super Bowl berth involved
incorporating both Toby Gerhart and Adrian Peterson on the field at the same
time ... Would you do it???
It's never been how often you put the ball into Adrian
Peterson's hand. It has always been when you put the ball into his hands
... and on how many different levels. Instead of course, the defense
always seems to know when and they also most certainly know how. Stupid is
as stupid does!!!
If you know so much ... then why hasn't it worked?
Why? Because we are actually a better team without Adrian Peterson than we are with him. Don't read this the wrong way by popping off. The team, the coaches ... everyone, and I mean everyone have used him as a crutch. As AD purposely withdraws, relinquishes his burdens, frees up unto others ... he then becomes absolutely devastating on another level. Established numerous threats, once deployed, could not deal with Napoleons reserve elite forces.
Ok! What are we going to do now. Chuck is to Moss! Oh! He's gone. No problem. Feed AD the ball. That took allot of thought. Brilliant ... just #$% Brilliant.
No sir, we are changing the plan. We are no longer tossing our elite force into the fray as our first and only smart move ... Nepoleon's final demise. No! No! We are going to counter with this, and then that! Does that plan start with feeding a very hungry Gerhart early and often ... I think it does.
Deficit Disorders rule the day. What was that looming threat that hovers
over us? How have we been duped into believing something that it is
not? Why has my focus and attention shifted toward? Why am I engaged
here when I'm supposed to be there? What have I done? Bazinga!