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Jacksonville's Run Game

I'm having a blast with these FanPosts so I might as well go ahead and do another one. When Gus Bradley left Seattle I assumed he would be taking many of the philosophies that the Seahawks honed. He brings a physical press coverage to Jacksonville with a heavy run game and heavily relying on play action. Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne are dreadful as I've pointed out in my first two posts. Leaving eight men in the box every play and an ineffective passing game leaves no room for play action, or a run game.

The offensive line has been bad, really bad. Maurice Jones-Drew hasn't looked good. Is it all his fault? Of course not. He doesn't have the physical attributes to get away or power through a gang tackle every play. He simply tries to find a hole and when there isn't anything there (There usually isn't) he breaks off from it her gets lit up. He hasn't shown anything after coming back from injury and his contract expires after this year. If I were Caldwell I would resign him, but at a reasonable price. The truth is that MJD simply isn't going to take less money. That's it.

The Jaguars need an explosive, physical running back. While they need help on the O-Line they have a pressing need at Running Back, too. If you look at the Seahawks you see they have Marshawn Lynch. An extremely physical RB that is similar to a moving train. Marshawn doesn't have elite quickness or elite agility. No. He has a good physical Offensive Line and a good scheme. Patience, the zone blocking scheme and the most physical running back in the league. Behind him you have Robert Turbin and Christine Michael. Two explosive, physical running backs. While I haven't looked into the draft class' running backs at all, these are the types of players they will be looking for.

The question is who will be the next RB in line? What comes first O-Line or RB? The O-Line won't be fixed in a year, or two years. Odds are that JAX will sign a free agent OL and build both RB and OL in the draft. They'll be looking for athletic, physical OL. Perhaps even DL that they could switch. Seahawks OG JR Sweezy made the switch and is now the starting RG. This team is gonna need a solid run game if they're going to have any sort of success in this league.

http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/robert-turbin?id=2533460

http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/christine-michael?id=2539322

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