Did Miles Sanders do too much bouncing to the outside on Sunday?
Eagles coaches saw the same thing you did, a couple of opportunities for the rookie running back to hit the hole and go north/south instead of east/west.
Two quotes regarding that this week, one from offensive coordinator Mike Groh, who spoke to media on Tuesday afternoon:
Q. RB Miles Sanders tried to bounce a few outside. It seems normal of a rookie, is that something where you would like to see him be a little bit more decisive? (David Murphy)
MIKE GROH: I think it’s all part of the process, really. That’s an excellent observation. There were some moments in there where you’d like him to stick his foot in the ground and get north, and he can’t outrun everybody in this league like he might have been able to do in the past. That’s the learning experience of a young player. We know he’s going to learn for it. It’s been pointed out and he’ll be better for it. We’ve got a ton of confidence in the guy and he’s going to be a really good running back.
It’s true. You would like to see him “stick his foot in the ground and get north.”
We looked at the Julio Jones touchdown play using All-22 film this morning, and the angles we have available from that tape also provide a good understanding of what running backs are looking seeing when they scan the field.
Here’s a good example of Sanders trying to take one outside: