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  1. Call me cynical, but whenever an old player un-retires or comes back from a serious injury, the news reports are always about how they are "in the best shape of their life". And then the games start, and they look old, slow and washed-up.
  2. I would also make a slightly broader point. When highly drafted players fail in the NFL, it is usually not because they don't have the physical talent. The NFL and its whole infrastructure of scouting and assessment is pretty good at figuring out which players have the requisite physical talent. The problem is usually either: a) mental, ie the player is not committed, or lazy, or selfish, or even plain dumb or whatever.... or b) bad coaching - square pegs are put in round holes, players are not taught or managed well What happens when players fail is that pundits and commentators say he was a bust, and he was always destined to fail. The reality is that how a player is coached and the system they play in is huge. For example, Jared Goff looked terrible under Jeff Fisher. If Fisher had not been fired and had remained as the Rams coach for several more years I am reasonably sure Goff would be considered a bust. He just needed the right system and good coaching. With Jones, I don't think it's physical. It may well be mental. He may well not be suited for the NFL. Some players just don't have the requisite desire, determination and discipline. But it may also have been bad coaching or the wrong system last year. I think the jury is still out. But this year he has great coaching and has no excuse, so we'll know soon enough.
  3. Put differently, let's imagine an alternative universe in which Carlos Hyde is not cut and Hue Jackson is not fired in Cleveland last season. The pig-headed, stubborn Jackson continues to feed Hyde the ball, ignoring the merits of the superior talent, Chubb. Chubb hardly features all season. We would now be having a similar discussion about how terrible Chubb looked, how bad he is, how he is clearly a bust, buyer beware etc, wouldn't we?
  4. Same point as above - it depends if the coaches got it right. There are tons of examples of coaches getting it wrong. The Raiders coaches famously thought Randy Moss had lost a step and traded him to the Patriots for a pittance for example.
  5. That argument only works if you trust the judgement of the Bucs coaches. Coaches are not infallible, they are not the Pope. And that Tampa Bay staff in particular were not always blessed with wisdom.
  6. The point is that he hardly played last season so we genuinely don't know at this point how he will fare in the NFL. Error numero uno of statistics is to draw grand conclusions from a very small sample size. The total number of carries would equate to one game's load as a starter and no-one judges a player on one game. You can say that he didn't play because he was terrible, but you might also say that the coaching staff didn't feature him because they were terrible. Rookies often have lost rookie seasons in which they hardly play and go on to have great career. I would reserve judgement if I were you until we have more evidence.
  7. No-one is arguing that just because a college player is successful they are going to be successful in the pros. That's a statement of the obvious, a given. You don't need to keep repeating it. The question is which tells us more about a player: A) a tiny (to the point of being statistically irrelevant) number of carries in the pros, 23 B) a whole college career, 591 carries I say B; you appear to be quixotically arguing A.
  8. That's right, it became a familiar sight in Broncos games watching Lindsay bursting for multiple long gains ... while in the same game, with the same line against the same defense, Freeman would regularly be stopped for little or no gain.
  9. Suggest anyone who thinks he is terrible watches this: Top 10 college plays Generally the speed backs who look good in college but don't make it in the pros are those who have don't have the moves to go with the speed. But I see multiple examples of really sharp, decisive cuts here.
  10. That's reductio ad absurdum, and you know it. The point is you can learn more about a player from 591 carries in college than 23 carries in the pros.
  11. Federer is 37, nearly 38, and had two championship points in a 5 set final on Sunday. He also won Wimbledon a couple of years ago.
  12. The point is the size of the sample.
  13. Why would anyone judge a back on a handful of carries last year instead of his entire college career?
  14. I don't see him getting a job ahead of Jay Ajayi.