Catching up with some of the discussion here. I don't look at an injury where its look hey imagine if we lost 3 O lineman instead, wouldn't that be worse? Yeah no question the season is shot if we have the O lineman injuries like last year. And I don't think our running games struggles last year was primarily a function of the O line even when they were banged up. I used to think that was the case until I kept listening to Cooley who said otherwise and then I watched the coaches tape this off season.
And also I don't think its just about being positive or negative in general as for how you see the Guice injury. For 2 years in a row, I picked the team to go 10-6. I can see them go 10-6 IF they had a good running game. To me they need that as desperately as they needed to upgrade the run stopping unit. I don't think Doug ever talks just to talk so when he said in the off season we need to upgrade the running game in the worst way -- he meant it. And I agreed with him.
Nuance, nuance, nuance to me is in play with the Guice injury. It's not about one variable on its own. It's how that injury plays with the rest of what we got cooking. IMO if you want to maximize Alex's ball handling skills than its good to have a really good RB -- the threat of Alex with a dangerous RB on the field at the same time to me is a big part of his charm. Now that's gone.
I am in the camp that Alex is a downgrade but not a big downgrade to Kirk. They both bring different strengths and weaknesses. And to me what I am most intrigued about Alex is the RPO and RO -- that's his strength over Kirk and I think the dude can do more magic with it if he had a dangerous running back. Now, its more difficult for him. I've been consistent on the Kirk thread for years about how a running game opens up the passing game and makes everything go smoother -- let alone the teams that have beaten us in some of our worst losses including the Giants game that eliminated us from the playoffs did it via ball control -- they just kept our offense off the field. I feel just as strongly about Alex needing a running game as I did about Kirk.
The one team in the division who lacked a RB like we did -- now has a potential superstar at the position so we are alone in the division in all likelihood at having a weak running game. Our best RB left has said he was told he's not going to be 100% until Nov and still feels pain on contact. We again look to have a tough schedule. We aren't the only team coming back from injuries -- Giants were right up there with us last year and they look healthier this year. Eagles lost their QB. Dallas missed their star player for about half the year. Guice IMO is just not that guy you want to lose in all of that context. Does it mean their season is shot? Of course not. But I think it makes them an underdog to make the playoffs -- look at the teams in the NFC which more than anything is the overriding point -- its an insanely stacked conference.
Back to the running backs from last night.
Kelley had a nice catch. Otherwise to me same old.
Perine obviously had a really nice run. I've said as soon as the Guice injury happened, I like Perine over Kelley. But don't love the beat reporters saying that the coaching staff doesn't trust the dude with pass protection and ball handling and pre Guice injury there was a chance he wouldn't make the team. Hopefully, that's wrong or he gets over that.
Martez Carter -- show some of his dynamism you can see from his college highlights. I like him. He's though so small I don't see him making the roster because I don't think they can afford a spot for a Sproles type. But he might intrigue me the most though trying not to get attached because I don't think he makes the team.
Bibbs: not great but ok last night. But if you get the dude in space -- he has some moves. I like him in the RPO format where its good to have a running back with good hands and can make plays in space.
Keim was just on, asked who will be the starter. He said Jay is a Kelley guy. He said if he were them it's a mistake to close yourself off mentally about the others if you have a fav but coaches tend to do that at times.