Kensat30 wrote:Currently I have Priest getting slightly more than a 60% share of the carries and LJ slightly less than 40% share of the carries.
Vermeil doesn't have it figured out but you do?
For those who don't study Vermeil closely, it doesn't matter if he has it figured out or not. He often doesn't know the first name of the player that he is talking about in an interview. He is like the Zig Ziglar of coaching, he's all about conceptual themes and cheerleading and motivating. He let's his coaches run things.
The real question is does AL SAUNDERS have it figured out? (Chiefs Off Coordinator).
I think he does.
In each of the last 3 years, Priest has came out before the season started and both he and the offensive coaching staff overtly talked about working on PERSONAL GOALS for Priest (get to 1500 yards, set the NFL record for TD's blah blah blah). They were assuming that their offense was so good that they were taking the wins for granted and looking at other objectives specifcially focused around Priest.
Well, a 7-9 season and a few injuries later, the story is different. This team realizes that this year is it. The OLine is mostly eligible for social security (W Shields will not play next year, Roaf may retire as well), T Green is starting to show signs of age, our all-Pro fullback is in his 30's, cmon.
Here is the 2005 motto: It's time to set aside the personal goals and manage the team to go deep in the AFC playoffs.
What does this mean for the Preist/LJ issue?
It means that we will see Priest spelled a little more frequently on 2nd downs late in the games, as last year proved that LJ has NFL skills. HE IS STILL NOT TRUSTED AT THE GOAL LINE, however.
Expect Priest to get the goal line carries. Plus, if you want to make a defensive coordinator panic in his sets for goal line defenses, do you want him to have to worry about a Priest Holmes/Tony Gonzalez focus or a Larry Johnson ? Obvious answer.
Priest is still the #1 guy and only another injury will change that.
What you won't see is if KC is up 44-13 in the 4th quarter, you won't see the stupid delayed draw plays designed to get Priest 30 yards against a prevent defense like you saw in '02 and '03 all the time. You'll see Priest watching that play from the bench.
So if you're strategy is to draft to try and get as many 4Q garbage points as possible, you should worry.
If you're strategy is to win your games, Priest is a top 3 pick and LJ is a 5th or 6th rounder at best in your draft.
- KC GUY