LeGarrette Blount Is Not Mike AlstottOctober 22nd, 2012
Before Joe gets rolling here, let Joe be clear for anyone even slightly confused: Joe’s a big LeGarrette Blount guy. Regular readers know this. Joe just wants to be upfront about this fact as you read the following:
Never again should Blount be used as a short-yardage battering ram straight up the gut.
Yesterday, Joe literally did a facepalm when the Bucs, with first-and-goal late in the game at the Saints-1, tried to ram the ball up the middle using Blount.
Granted, Blount had little to no room to run. The Saints defensive front was getting penetration on the Bucs much of the game. First, when has Blount ever demonstrated he can be Mike Alstott, who, even without room, was able to move bodies at the line of scrimmage?
That’s not Blount. It wasn’t Blount as a rookie (remember the Atlanta road game when he couldn’t pick up a yard deep in Dixie Chicks-territory?) and it isn’t happening now, nor in the foreseeable future.
Blount’s specialty is when he gets past the front level, and gets two steps of steam, he is lethal, he needs 10-12 rushes to get heated up, minimum.
Those rushes are not consecutive up the one-hole with no blocking to speak of.
Joe loves Blount, but he is not a power runner, and trying to force him to be three times to no avail cost the Bucs yesterday just as much as the zebras did.