“Skinny,” Patient And Powerful

October 5th, 2021

This play turned out to be a big gain for Leonard Fournette

A former Patriot and an ex-Bucs player weighed in on Leonard Fournette’s impressive Sunday night.

BSPN talking head and retired All-Pro linebacker Tedy Bruschi was on BSPN Radio yesterday talking about how it was clear that Bill Belicheat’s defensive game plan was to force Leonard Fournette to beat the Patriots while becoming the focus of the Tampa Bay offense on a rainy night.

And Bruschi gave Fournette a ton of credit for being up to the challenge, powerful and unaffected by the weather, whereas Bruschi believed Bucs receivers looked a little disinterested.

Ex-Bucs tight end Anthony Becht also was raving about Fournette yesterday on WDAE Radio, sharing how Fournette did a great job staying patient and getting “skinny” to get through small holes.

Becht said Fournette’s “tip-tap” feet can be aggravating but that patience was working for him last night and Fournette did a strong job in the passing game on a wet night.

Joe’s interested in how much confidence Fournette got from his performance. He’s proven to be a guy who fluctuates mentally, and Joe suspects Fournette is riding high after having a strong night on a huge national stage.

22 Responses to ““Skinny,” Patient And Powerful”

  1. Medicated Pete Says:

    TB12 wanted Lenny here b/c he’s like Legarrette Blount (who won 2 rings w/ Tom).

  2. SlyPirate Says:

    The Bucs’ 2022 Draft will certainly include CB and RB.

  3. Yossarian Says:

    Fournette looked great on Sunday night, other than one drop, which was on 3rd and goal, and he wasn’t scoring on the play anyway. Plus, his blocking was very solid.

  4. based weeb Says:

    Need the running game to be like this every week. For nights like Sunday when the passing game is off. And to make our already deadly passing attack that more lethal!

  5. Coburn Says:

    Need Rojo to get his head together. Sadly he has never been great at blocking. Would like to see what Vaughn can do

  6. Mike Says:

    Credit to Fournette. He did his job and was a reliable blocker, pass catcher and runner. Did the dirty work for sure.

  7. Perimeter Blocker Says:

    Fournette > Jones

  8. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    It looks like to me, that Fournette has put on some pounds. He looks really swoled-up….I noticed the other night.
    And it ain’t that flak jacket, (rib protector) he was wearing.

  9. fish Says:

    im just happy they selected a RB1 and stuck with him the entire game. I prefer ROJO but at this point we need one back to play full time so they can get in a grove.

  10. gotbbucs Says:

    @Medicated Pete
    He is nothing like Blount, nothing. Blount carried tacklers and ran hard, Fournette plays opossum when he feels contact. Ronald Jones has an identical running style to Blount, not Fournette.

    We’re you in a medicated coma when Blount was playing football? That’s the dumbest comparison I’ve seen yet.

  11. Cannon Says:

    The title of this article would also serve well to describe a porn video.

  12. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    I agree with Fish.
    In the old days, it seemed RB’s got better as the game went on. They didn’t get pulled after a few plays, like now. They stayed in the game till they couldn’t go no more, then gotta rest, lol

    Derrick Henry for the Titans, continually gets better, the more carries he gets in a game.

  13. Casual Observer Says:

    I, too, really like Fournette. Seems like he has the potential to become a star running back for the Bucs. Consistency. Keep it up playoff guy!

  14. HC Grover Says:

    Looked like am Alstott Special. He did that a lot.

  15. PassingThru Says:

    Sometimes “tapping feet” is the way to go, particularly with the blocking on the O Line. Some RBs (like Emmitt Smith) use it when they’re waiting for a running lane to develop, or when an O lineman is right ahead of them is engaged with a defensive player. They’re simply waiting for the block to develop before deciding to go left or right. Le’Veon Bell was excellent at that, he’d even push his O Lineman to let him know what direction he wanted to take.

    It really depends on the vision and patience of the RB. It doesn’t always make sense to blindly charge when the opportunity is either limited or nonexistent.

  16. Bojim Says:

    Pittman had tip tap feet too.

  17. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    Was just talking with a coworker the other day about Blount. He’s proof that bad coaching and lack of great leadership leads to wasted talent. We currently have Zero backs comparable to Blount.
    What Brady likes about him are the somewhat reliable hands and the more reliable protection. Bottom line is that Fournette is the most complete back we have.
    RoJo has regressed and can only be counted on in those red zone run situations or maybe short yardage. Throw him there when we get good leads and want fresh legs for clock yards.
    Our RBs are what they are at this point just have to use them well and not expect too much out of either one.

  18. Buc92’ Says:

    Y’all know Rojo better , stop playing lol … They pushing Fournette because of his name & draft status when essentially he hasn’t been a consistent producer since the jags . All that tip toeing is for the birds .


  19. Bobby M. Says:

    The offense looks more effective with Fournette….been saying that since he came here. I’m guessing Rojo was banking on a decent pay day with some guarantees when he hit free agency and now that has evaporated. If we get the opportunity to trade Rojo for a CB, I think the Bucs pull the trigger. I don’t see them bringing him back without letting him hit the market anyway. Fournette, Bernard and Graham can get the job done but our secondary will not hold up with THREE starters injured.

  20. Wild Bill Says:

    I thought that was 4nets best game since the playoffs. It changed the game for the bucs when got the call. Brady was off and 4net took up the slack. Before this game I was all in on Rojo. But now I want to see 4net get more carries.

  21. BucsandPatsFan Says:

    Running style of ” slow to and fast through ” can work.
    Pats run game/personnel mismanaged and James White loss hurts big time. Gotta have strong run capability

  22. unbelievable Says:

    Spot on fish!

    Both are capable, but they need some attempts in order to get going.

    When either RoJo or Fournette have more than 10 rushing attempts in game, we are 16-2 (including playoffs).

    When neither guy has more than 10 attempts, we are 2-4.