Lately we’ve talked about the evolution of offenses, now here’s a little bit about the evolution of running styles.
Today’s players could learn a thing or two by going back to the stiff arm, as told in this piece in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Lowering the shoulder has become the move of choice for the power running back. The stiff arm has gone the way of the dodo.
“I don’t think the stiff-arm is as sure a move as a little sidestep. A lot of secondary players don’t have good tackling bases. They might get zippered up, so they don’t have a good base. If you have a good running back like the backs we have on this team, all it takes is one sidestep and they are headed back north-south.”
Or, as James said, a lowered shoulder. Which, by the way, is how Heisman runner-up Adrian Peterson of Oklahoma got many of his 1,925 yards last season. Then again, lowering that shoulder is also what got him offseason surgery.
Ironic that the Heisman Trophy itself employs the stiff arm. It’s probable that not a single one of the candidates this season have ever used it in a game.