Yes, this will be an ongoing weekly breakdown of the performances of both running backs. There is so much misinformation and misconception from our supposed "analysts" on ESPN and NFL network that it angers me. Those guys are too busy to actually watch games, so they become stat rats and base judgments off numbers instead of performances. I am a Bush supporter, and I feel he gets undeserved blame, while people continue to disregard Thomas' ineptitude. Thomas is good, don't get me wrong, but he is a rookie, Bush is a Superbowl champion. Im not sure how the coaching staff and some fans trust Thomas more than Bush in crucial situations, such as the redzone
Bush: 10 rushes - 42yards
Thomas: 19 rushes - 53 yards
Bush Runs-- First Half/ Second Half
8, 1, 4, 5, 12, 0, 3, 4 / 3, 2
Thomas Runs: First Half/ Second Half
2, 5, 14, 0 / 4, 0, 6, -2, 0, 2, 2, 3, 2, 0, 3, 0, 0, 8, 4
So again Bush gets no carries in the redzone, and actually most of his carries were only in our half of the field. Ironically the only play we scored on, was a play action pass to Bush, and which he hit the flat and was chased by both linebackers and a safety, leaving Fasano open deeper. I have yet to understand why the hell Bush gets no touches or carries in the redzone. Keep using him as a decoy is ok, but at some point you have to give it to him, especially when you have the worst 3rd down offense and redzone efficiency in the league. Lets look at one of our possessions. We have 1st and 10 at the Denver 15, potentially 8 downs to get in the endzone. And this is what we come up with: Thomas dropped the second pass, and he forgot the play was coming to him on 3rd down as he was looking downfield when a screen pass hit him in the back. This is ridiculous. If you don't think Bush could have done better than this, well than you don't watch football.
|1st and 10 at DEN 15||M.Moore pass short left to D.Thomas to DEN 20 for -5 yards (R.McBean).|
|2nd and 15 at DEN 20||M.Moore pass incomplete short middle to D.Thomas.|
|3rd and 15 at DEN 20||M.Moore pass incomplete short middle to D.Thomas [V.Miller].|
Until this coaching staff stops being predictable with their up the middle rushing, this team will go no where. Its a passing league now, you have to pass to setup the run, (See Patriots, Saints, Packers.) Thats how you win games these days. Not 2nd and 8 everytime. When we do gain 6 or 7 yards on first down, that makes 2nd down perfect for play-pass, but what do we do, rush it up the middle again, even when the defense has 8-9 in the box. This is chess, you don't let your opponent predict what you are doing, you have to outthink him, but our coaching staff is completely oblivious to any defenses. We are not good enough to be the type of team that imposes its will and just does whatever it wants despite the defense. We have to keep the defenses off balance, running when we should pass, passing when we should run, and so on. We are 0-5 for Gods sake, take some chances!!!
Sidenote rant: Suck for Luck campaign is pathetic, who throws away 10 NFL regular season games to take a chance on a Quarterback, understand business folks, these are professionals. There is no way in hell they will lose on purpose now for next year. All the people on here thinking that's whats going on, don't know football. Your telling me these veterans, grown ass men, millionaires, are gonna embarass themselves for 10 more weeks because some 20 year old in Palo Alto, get real folks. They are gonna play as hard as they can, they will try to do everything possible to win games, its our disgusting coaching and play calling that is ruining our team. Get rid of Sporano now!