McDaniels May Lean On Cadillac in Both Run and Pass Game


The myth about Josh McDaniels is that he’s all about the pass. Most offensive coordinators – just like most quarterbacks – prefer to throw more than pass but McDaniels has shown that he’ll take what the defenses give him. When Tom Brady went down and Matt Cassel had to come in with no work with the first team – and no starts since high school -, the Patriots ran the ball for a 6th-ranked 2278 yards and a 4th-ranked 21 TDs. Now, with that said, I don’t have any idea what the run:pass ratio will be Sunday or for the year.

The Giants defense has transformed quite a bit since the end of last season.

Week 17 starting line-up
Justin Tuck DE
Osi Umenyiora DE
Chris L. Canty DE
Barry Cofield DT
Mathias Kiwanuka LB
Michael Boley LB
Corey Webster CB
Terrell Thomas
Deon Grant S
Antrel Rolle S
Kenny Phillips S

Week 2 starting line-up
Justin Tuck (game-time decision) DE
Dave Tollefson DE
Chris L. Canty DE
Linval Joseph DT
Mathias Kiwanuka LB
Michael Boley LB
Greg Jones LB
Corey Webster CB
Aaron Ross CB
Antrel Rolle S
Kenny Phillips S

This might be Cadillac Williams’ first start since November 14th, 2010 at home vs. the Panthers. Cadillac wants to get back to his glory days early in that career as a Buccaneer, hoping to return to being unstoppable. Williams’ 140 total yards week 1 was his highest total in almost five years. He had 156 yards from scrimmage November 19, 2006 vs. the Redskins. They are likely going to need his help with Steven Jackson hurt.

Bradford looks to be throwing the ball just fine, so I expect continued balance but – if he gets hit a lot -, the Rams may find creative ways to keep running and checking down to the backs.

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