Plugging the Holes
55 million Americans watched the New York Jets-Pittsburgh Steelers playoff game Sunday night.
What they saw was evidence of one of the most boring, but important rules of football:
If you want to win, you have to be able to run the ball and stop the other guys from running the ball.
It’s pretty simple, but the Steelers built that 24-0 early lead because they ran all over a Jet defense while killing New York’s ground game time after time.
Things changed in the second half when the Jets stopped the bleeding on their run stopping efforts and moved the ball generally better on the ground themselves.
After 2009, when the Lions allowed about 170 rushing yards per game, it was obvious Columbia needed to improve its run stopping efforts in 2010.
They accomplished that, somewhat, but the damage was still more than 150 yards per game and it was still the obvious weak spot for the “D.”
As we still wait for news on who will be the Lions defensive coordinator for 2011, it’s more than obvious that his first job will be figuring out how to stuff the running game.
Speaking of defensive coordinators…
Former Columbia Head Coach Bob Shoop is moving back to FBS football with a new job as defensive coordinator at Vanderbilt. Shoop has spent the last few years as the DC at William and Mary.