Whether or not it is smart or not to keep him on the bench.
CJ Spiller is really bad in pass protection. Like seriously bad. Teams are starting to blitz more when CJ is in there in obvious passing situations, so not only does this prevent him from running a pattern b/c he has to stay in and block, but it also gets a blitzer matched up on a sub-par blocker. Teams do this a lot against the Saints as well... but they have Brees who can make plays better than Fitz can. It was a bigger problem than usual on Sunday b/c of all backups on the OL going against a good Rams DL.
If you get a chance watch what happens when CJ has to stay in and block... it's not pretty.
CJ definitely needs the ball more... but this is my reasoning on why he is out of the game so much.
I totally disagree. I watch him in pass protection a lot and he actually is better than most RBs, especially given his size. Not to mention the high praise he has received from his teammates and coaches for really elevating his pass protection.
I feel like he may miss one and then all of a sudden fans mind set goes back to his rookie year where he was still learning how to do it and you forget all the other great blitz pickups.
I'm sorry, but I just have to completely disagree and feel like this is more speculation based on maybe a play or two rather than his overall performance and ability to pick up the blitz. Not to mention, Fred has missed his share of pass protection assigents too...why...because they are RB's going up against huge and fast lineman, ends, or LBs most of the time. It's gonna happen sometimes, but Spiller is pretty good at it and so is Fred.
Edited by Alphadawg7, 10 December 2012 - 12:48 PM.