Moderator: Team Captains
Gridiron Ernie wrote:And, WestCoastJoe, about the 'Second Coming of Fleming', potentially aka SCOF (I suppose)... I actually looked that acronym up online (too much time on my hands today!)-- and found 'Southern Culture on the Fly' -- (albeit about fly-fishing, still, that term seems an apropos alternate definition for a fleet-footed running back from Florida!) Like I said, too much time...
(1963) Fleming had his finest season as a professional football player, as he rushed for 1,234 yards on 127 carries for an incredible 9.7 yard average. -- The Wik
In 1959, Fleming and the 7-1-1 Hawkeyes defeated the University of California (and Fleming's future BC Lions teammate, quarterback Joe Kapp) 38-12, in the 1959 Rose Bowl. Fleming scored 2 rushing touchdowns in the game, and finished with 85 yards on 9 attempts. -- The Wik
Gridiron Ernie wrote:On another note -- another potential reason to scream (but not at all in a good way) is if one of our quieter heroes year in year out -- Rolly Lumbala -- can't be adequately substituted for/replaced if and when (God forbid) necessary. Whether suddenly our situation changes, due to injury or advancing years (yes he's mighty durable, but he's now one among our most senior Leos), what do we know about his back-up Nate O'Halloran? I don't recall O'Halloran ever getting any playing time experience in the backfield, but I could be wrong there. I guess my point is, Rolly's been so solid for so long, it's easy to get lulled into taking that for granted. I'm hoping for and fully expecting another fine contribution from # 46 for 2017 -- and dreaming (here goes my imagination again) that they might actually use him as more than just a blocking back. As others here have time to time suggested -- a tight-end type alignment now and again. A Lumbala reception (or two) for a TD some time this upcoming season would be sweet.
Gridiron Ernie wrote:I understand the reservation, but you're so right WCJ, Willie the Wisp was/is indeed idolized, and head and shoulders above the many, and deservedly so. Especially by any among us who are now getting a bit long in the tooth (or by the young folk who've studied the archival footage.) And I, along with many of us here I'm sure, share your sense/anticipation for fully enjoying at least some measure of that charisma & excitement combo courtesy of Mr. Rainey, should he be more fully utilized in the backfield (as is his wish). Even as we likely all agree, as TheLionKing says, there’s only one Willie Fleming.
That said, and I'm just playing with words here a wee bit, but while to you and many Fleming was God, to me he was I guess more a 'holy ghost' you might say, in that due to our somewhat ‘hillbilly’ family situation (geographically and financially) as it was when I was a kid, I never actually saw Fleming 'live' -- not even via TV telecasts till some years after the fact, since my sole connection with the Lions games back in my little village all through the 1960s was the radio and my imagination (with a little help from the voices of the dynamic play-by-play guys).
By 1970 our family and our neighbours had televisions and my pals and I were finally 16 and got wheels, and came to Empire when we could -- but alas legendary Willie was already gone. It was a mighty emotional day several years ago now when the Lions honoured their legends and a snow-haired Mr. Fleming was among those that attended -- still can in mind's eye see that convertible as if in slow-mo circling the field. Beautiful.
But fast-forward to the present... concerning another wisp of a guy, I too am expecting great things from Mr. Rainey, more fully complimenting JJ24 in the backfield this season. Here's hoping there's another legend in the making that the young folks will one day look back on with singular pleasure. I feel that anticipation for Chris R., along with others who’ve expressed it.
Anyhow... Not to throw a wet blanket on things in signing off with this more general concern, but, weirdly, we don't seem to have a running backs coach on staff -- still only the "assistant" (Mike Lionello) is listed on website. Those of you who have coached or played -- is that an important piece missing? Or do running backs, given how much they depend on their innate talent, do well enough on their own? I know, by comparison, the Eskimos for example have both a running backs coach and a offensive line/run game coordinator. Just a-wonderin’.
I would like to see Lumbala used more as a ball carrier. The defence don't usually account for him. Seems like every time the Lions decides to utilize him, he gains big yardage.
Blitz wrote:I understand why zone blocking has become popular in the pro game. Rather than attempting to man block the many different fronts a defense can bring, zone blocking is simpler, as each offensive lineman uses angles to block defenders in zone areas. But when a team like our Leos basically either zone blocks left or right for the running game and we only use the inside zone read running play either left or right, it's like eating oatmeal every morning. It becomes bland, relying mainly on execution. It also becomes predictable.
Offensive predictability advantages a defense. The major advantage an offence has is unpredictability. You don't want the defense to know whether you are running or passing. You don't want the defense to know how you will attack them in the running game or how you will attack them in the passing game.
By adding to the zone read play with a couple of trap block plays, by occasionally pulling a guard, by running a quick pitch or a power sweep (as Calgary does), by changing up with misdirection and handing the football off to your fullback, by using the stretch play, you spread a defense out. The running game needs to attack both the inside and the edges. It keeps the defensive ends honest, rather than sliding down the line of scrimmage. It prevents defensive tackles from just being 'stuffers' of an inside running attack.
One of the early advantages of the zone blocking scheme, which became so popular, was the tailback cut back play. The defensive end and the defensive tackle on the backside of the inside zone read would often over-pursue the flow of the play and get set up for the tailback cut back. The tailback would flow one way and then quickly cut on a dime to the backside of the play. But defenses have seen the zone read for so long that defensive lineman are now taught not to over-pursue the flow of the running play and are much better prepared for the tailback cut back these days. They focus on staying in their gaps on the backside of the play.
The zone run can also benefit teams with a mobile qb, as it can open up the zone read with the qb reading the backside defensive end. If the end plays contain, and continues up the field, the qb hands the ball off, if the end crashes in, the qb keeps the ball and runs outside, as the end has broken is contain assignment. This can also lead to a play action pass, as the qb can keep the ball and choose to pass it instead.
Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests