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Film Breakdown: What is Wrong with the Running Game?

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If you haven't already noticed, my "expertise", if you can call it that, lies on the defensive side of the ball. However, as us Jet fans know all too well, our problems lie on the offensive side. As a team that prides itself on being able to run the ball at will, it is concerning how ineffective it has been over the past few weeks. 

Lets take a look at the 4th down play in the second quarter:

We start with Miami having 10 men in the box, it would have been 9 if Jericho Cotchery had not motioned behind Shonn Greene. I don't know what Shotty is trying to do here, but all he is doing is bringing more defensive players near the play.

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Watch these two circled players, particularly OLB Cameron Wake. LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson is lined up in a TE spot, rather than his usual LT spot. Another tell the the play is not going left. 

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The ball is snapped, and Wake goes unblocked, as there is a "hat on a hat", and the defense simply outnumbers the offense. Ferguson should be blocking Wake, but due to the stacked box, he decides to block the saftey. Brick should have blocked wake, and RG (#65) Brandon Moore should have filled the "B" Gap, where the saftey would have penetrated. 

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As a result, Wake easily chases down Greene, and is stopped for no gain. Notice how far away from the play Brick still is. 

Rex touched on this in his press conference, saying "I don't care if we had Jim Brown back there, there was nowhere to run." He's right. And for a team that makes a commitment on running the ball, this ineffectiveness is alarming. 

In the past 46 games, the Steelers have allowed ONE 100 yard rusher. This is not going to be easy. We have the personnel to do it, it is simply a matter of better execution. 

 

Also, if there is a particular play or something you want "broken down", let me know, i'll see what I can do.