I know some people on here are great football minds, and break down every play, but I really think AP is benefitting from our lack of passing attack. I am sure it is the reason he breaks so many long runs.
Once he punishes the 8 guys in the box, he really has no one left to beat. He is home free.
I think he could be threatening the rushing record, no passing attack or not. He is a premiere back, in a throw first league. He's really going to have to pick it up, unless he want to have a monster game next week.
I think he needs 125 today, to make it acheivable next week at home.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Houston Texans - Photos - December 23, 2012 - ESPN
is he changing directions in mid air? or is he running on air hence mortals cannot tackle him 1v1?
no matter if he breaks the record or makes 2k. AP is a legend entering his prime. I'm' glad I got to see his first ever home pre-season game. and he's made it worth while to stay up late, or wake up @ 3 am to watch ever since.
I think that coming off the surgery he was able to focus on how to improve. mentally and physically. he's reading lanes better, making faster decisions for his cuts, and his outside runs now are dangerous as his cut speed seems to have increased as the season progressed. the Oline does deserve some credit, they've schemed some good run plays, and have for the most part executed well. of course with AP's after contact yardage being unwordly.. it does help make the oline look better.
here's hoping for 2x record day for AD vs GB.. 300+ yrd rushing, season rushing record, playoffs!!!
That would be so awesome!
Originally Posted by digital420
AD has always faced 8 in the box, and except for the freak '09 season with Favre, we haven't had much of a passing threat during his career, so I can't buy into that theory.
I think along with better vision, run blocking, and Felton, his conditioning program to recover from his injury has been a bigger factor in his success this year. I imagine he had to go through the most intense conditioning program of his life just to make it back in time for the start of the season. As a result, AD is probably in the best shape of his life, and if he wasn't on a touch count the first half of the season, he would have broken the record already.
Now if he were just a little more comfortable about switching the ball to his left arm once he gets to the 2nd level up the left side of the field, he'd have quite a few more of these "long runs". There were a number of times where he could have stiff armed a would be tackler with his right arm for extra yardage much like he does with his left, but that's probably why he doesn't fumble as much anymore so I'm not going to complain too much about that.
Of course 8 in the box helps. The rest is a fb and multiple TE packages.
Once he can find a seam in the line there are fewer DBs to tackle him.
In 2012 thus far AD has had 23 carries of +20 in 314 attempts or 7.3%
In 2011 AD had 7 carries of +20 in 208 attempts or 3.4%
In 2010 AD had 9 carries of +20 in 283 attempts or 3.2%
In 2009 AD had 12 carries of +20 in 314 attempts or 3.8%
In 2008 AD had 20 carries of +20 in 363 attempts or 5.5%
In 2007 AD had 11 carries of +20 in 238 attempts or 4.6%
YUP. And, improved blocking outside in general...Kalil can move, and I dare say, I've seen good downfield blocks out of pretty much all of our WRs this season too.
Originally Posted by Purple Floyd
Wow. Nice work...Singer and AP!! ;)
Originally Posted by singersp
If I add the % of pass attempts over 10+ yards to those numbers in ( ) at the end;
Originally Posted by mountainviking
In 2012 thus far AD has had 23 carries of +20 in 314 attempts or 7.3% (24%)
In 2011 AD had 7 carries of +20 in 208 attempts or 3.4% (35% Ponder)
In 2010 AD had 9 carries of +20 in 283 attempts or 3.2% (32% Favre)
In 2009 AD had 12 carries of +20 in 314 attempts or 3.8% (29% Favre)
In 2008 AD had 20 carries of +20 in 363 attempts or 5.5% (33% Frerotte)
In 2007 AD had 11 carries of +20 in 238 attempts or 4.6% (32% Jackson)
In the year teams respect our pass the least because we are only throwing thru the air further than 10 yards less that 25% of our passes, AD has gained the most yards of his career.