The Blog Battle between Cheesehead TV and PackerGeeks may have come down to a simmer (mostly due to my inability to carve out a couple hours to chart Grant's carries one by one - three kids and a neglected wife are not conducive to film study) but I found Eric Baranczyk's analysis over at JSOnline interesting.
Regarding Grant, Baranczyk writes the following:
I don't think Ryan Grant's numbers - 33 carries, 90 yards -- were totally indicative of how the offensive line played. I know the coaches said they gave Grant a passing grade on his reads, but I thought he made at least a couple bad and costly decisions. I guess the one play that sticks in my mind was third-and-five, and he bounced it out when he could have stuck it inside. I think the blocking was there, but for whatever reason he saw the safety slide and he went outside. It was obvious it was an inside zone play and he ran right into the end. The reason you know it was designed inside zone was that the tackle let the defensive end get up-field. If it is an outside zone play, the tackle is going to push the outside shoulder of the end. So it was an inside zone play, Grant went outside and it lost three yards.
Not exactly the searing play by play I was hoping to undertake before this weekends game (because after Sunday I'm sure we'll have a whole host of other things to talk about) but it starts to get at what I was seeing watching Grant in Seattle. One other play I'd point to is a 2nd and 8 in the third quarter where Grant, with the play designed to go to the left (a shock, I know) Tauscher executes a perfect backside block while the rest of the line slides to the left, leaving a huge hole for Grant to cut back into on the right side. Instead, Grant plows into the seething mass of humanity in front of him, bringing up 3rd and 6.
There were others I remember making mental notes of while falling asleep while feeding the baby, but for now the above will have to do for my last salvo in the first Not So Great Blog Battle of 2008.
UPDATE: Jeremy Green over at Scouts Inc. via ESPN on Grant:
Against the Seahawks, Grant had his head down and missed a hole or a cutback lane on several occasions. Patience is important in the scheme, but seeing the hole immediately and blowing through the line quickly are just as crucial. Grant's explosiveness clearly isn't there yet.
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