BGA: Running backs – Unleashing the Blast Chiller

In the eighties, no one player had more influence on the rise in popularity of the NFL internationally than Chicago’s William “The Refrigerator” Perry. Perry was an effective defensive tackle, but what made him famous was his role on offense, entering the game in short yardage situations, where he contributed four touchdowns in the Bears’ 1985 Super Bowl season.

Fast forward to yesterday and the Jets unleashed their own short yardage weapon on the Panthers. Sheldon Richardson is on course to be a far better defensive tackle than the Fridge ever was, but he’s following in his footsteps in terms of being a short yardage weapon. Richardson plowed through the middle on two straight carries. It looked like he broke the plane on the first one, but they gave him a bad spot and he scored on the next play instead.

So, what’s the modern-day evolution of The Refrigerator, only even cooler, mobile and versatile? It’s the Blast Chiller … and that’s what we should all refer to Richardson as from now on.

On those two simple fullback dive plays, the Blast Chiller moved the pile even though the whole defense was loading up at the goal line. I’d love to see them use the same play in a non-short yardage situation. Imagine him plowing into the line against a four-man front. That would wear a defense down something fierce if they gave it to him 20-30 times a game – and just think what else would be opened up once the defense loaded up and then they faked it to him.

Of course, this is all fantasy and the reality is that it was just a fun gadget play with a limited shelf life, but at least it shows that we can still have fun at this point of the season. The fact that it adds to the legend of the Blast Chiller, who is well on his way to becoming an absolute megastar, just makes it all the more enjoyable.

Bilal Powell, Captain MunnerlynIn total, the Jets racked up over 150 yards on the ground, with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell combining for a healthy 103 yards on 19 carries. Ivory did pick up over half of his 66 yards on one play, a 35-yard burst off left tackle, but his ability to break into the open field has been a real boost for the Jets in recent weeks. He’s averaged 5.7 yards per carry over the last six games and has had at least one run of 15 yards or more in all of them. Unfortunately, the fates conspired against him in yesterday’s game. He had 66 yards on 10 carries early in the fourth quarter to help get the Jets within three, but their next drive stalled and then a blocked punt and a pick six put them into a 17-point hole which meant Ivory only carried one more time (for no gain) over the last 11 minutes. Had the game remained close, he might have been able to continue this success, which came against a top run defense.

Bilal Powell also did a good job, contributing 56 yards on 12 touches, with one nice run up the middle and a first down on a screen pass where he made a tough catch. Powell had some issues in pass protection, on one play electing to pick up a blitz up the middle on one play where Nick Mangold had that covered and a man came free off the edge. On another play, Powell did pick up the blitz off the edge, but Geno Smith was forced to step up and got sacked. He also missed a cut block on a play where Smith was chased out of the pocket.

Fullback Tommy Bohanon has struggled most of the season, but had a couple of positive moments in this game. He had a good lead block on one play and made a tough catch on third and short to keep the chains moving. With a better pass, he might have had a chance to beat Luke Kuechly to the pylon on third and goal with the Jets down 6-3 in the first half. Having said that, perhaps he could have done a better job of sharpening his route into the flat to give Smith a better angle to lead him with the pass.

Finally, Alex Green once again saw brief action but didn’t get any touches.


Next up…Brian Winters sings “I get knocked down, but I get up again, you ain’t never gonna keep me down”.




18 comments
Bent
Bent

It's actually the Fridge's 51st birthday TODAY.


It's an omen.

__fense
__fense

Sorry, Bent, it doesn't come close to Boss Hogg.

SackDance99
SackDance99

As much as I respect Powell for his overall game, he just lacks dynamism.  When the post-mortem is done of this season, it was Idzik's failure to have a viable plan B for Goodson that hurt this offense more than anything else.  This will probably be a career low in RB receptions for an MM-coached offense, my guess is by a sizable amount.  The role of the GM is to get the necessary players for the coaches and MM's offense relies upon a pass-catching RB threat.  Idzik may end up firing Rex, but he should take a long look in the mirror first.  It wasn't Rex who went OL crazy in the draft, when an RB, TE and/or WR should've also been on the list.

a57se
a57se

OK, who remembers Chiller theater?

levi
levi

I said leading up to the game that the Jets would not run on Carolina, I stand corrected and impressed. I didnt think they had it in them.


I would like to see Richardson catch a pass or two at TE.

a57se
a57se

That play where Ivory went for 35 yards was one of the sweetest running plays I've ever seen! The blocking was phenomenal at the point of attack!

I really like the creativity we've seen in both the running game and passing game from MM and his staff. If Idzik cuts these guys loose, he needs to have his head examined.

1969JAN12th
1969JAN12th

"Looking over Richardson’s time at Gateway Tech High School in St Louis, it is hard to find a position on the football field that the guy didn’t play. Predominantly a defensive tackle, he also lined up in the backfield as a running back. On the line as a TE or WR, he returned punts too."


I vote that BossHogg takes the place of Kyle Wilson returning punts and the kickoff!!

Brendan
Brendan

 On those two simple fullback dive plays, the Blast Chiller moved the pile even though the whole defense was loading up at the goal line. I’d love to see them use the same play in a non-short yardage situation. Imagine him plowing into the line against a four-man front. That would wear a defense down something fierce if they gave it to him 20-30 times a game – and just think what else would be opened up once the defense loaded up and then they faked it to him.


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djf1
djf1

@SackDance99 can't have a great plan b for everyone though.  I do think the offense would be much better with goodson playing.


a57se
a57se

@SackDance99 

Hate to tell you this but MM's offense relies on a QB who can read defenses and make throws on target and on time. None of which Geno is capable of doing right now.

djf1
djf1

@Brendan I really wish images would actually show up.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@a57se@SackDance99I don't want to debate Geno.  A swing pass to an RB might be the easiest throw in football and it's a linchpin to MM's offense.  The Jets don't have the right RB, so I don't know how it would help or hurt Geno.  I didn't think Geno played as badly as you think, but we've had a season-long debate.  All I know is that RBs in Philly averaged 80 receptions a season, with guys like Westbrook and McCoy getting over 50 and sometimes over 70 (Powell leads the Jets with a paltry 31).  Add in that the TE usually also gets a sizable amount of receptions in an MM offense and you see that the Jets QB has been forced to go to his WRs more than guys like Garcia, McNabb and Vick ever did.  That's more than a QB problem, it's a personnel issue.

a57se
a57se

@SackDance99@a57se 

GENO IS A TECHNICAL FAILURE!

GOLLY, I wish you were the GM of another franchise, I'd trade you Geno in a NY MINUTE!

SackDance99
SackDance99

@a57se@SackDance99I don't see the link.  The pass to Hakim was a technical failure.  Geno has to stop and set before he throws when he rolls out...he had the time.  What he didn't have all game was a McCoy/Westbrook that he could dump passes to in order to stretch the defense and put himself in better down and distance situations.

a57se
a57se

@SackDance99@a57se 

The reason those guys were so successful is because Philly made the throws on plays like the one to Saalim down the sideline. As long as Geno can't do that the short stuff won't work as well.