Free Bagel wrote:Great stuff Bag.
This is exactly the reason people I've been saying that people are wildly underestimating the loss of Saunders/Vermeil in KC. There is no one that forcefeeds the ball to the RB inside the 20 like they do. 1st in rush TDs inside the 20, 30th in pass TDs.
Now I guess the question is was it more Vermeil or more Saunders. The fact that we saw the same with Faulk when Vermeil was there (Martz was the OC, and he certainly didn't feed the RBs inside the 20 when Vermeil left town) lends to the idea that it was more Vermeil, but if it was more Saunders then Portis could be huge this year.
That's what kind of concerns me about Larry Johnson. I'm not sure I trust Herm Edwards to give him the ball like Vermeil did. That and I'm still bitter about the year I drafted Curtis Martin and Herm Edwards found a way to get C-Mart into the end zone all of twice.
I really don't think that Herm Edwards had anything to do with CMart only finding the end zone twice that year. I think it had more to do with the offensive coordinator and the 10 other guys on the field with CMart.
If anything, Herm Edwards gave CMart the ball too much during his tenure in NY. Every year they said they wanted to spell CMart by giving Jordan or whoever 8-10 carries a game and it never happened. CMart got all the carries and it's not Herm's fault that the team wasn't good enough to have CMart score more TD's.
I don't think you have anything to worry about. Herm will give LJ the ball a lot. LJ & the team around him are good enough that he won't have any problems finding the endzone...OFTEN.
PS: One other thing that hurt the Jets running game during those years was that they were playing from behind a lot. That's another thing that shouldn't happen with the Chiefs.