State BearKats ~ 5085/210
I've come to believe that any HalfBack that doesn't bring a Passing Game element to the BattleField is...incomplete.
Hence, the term "FlexBack" ~ although quite cool, I believe!! ~ short-circuits the Evaluation Process.
As to how I break them down, I expect that the terms are pretty self-explanatory:
PowerBacks ~ HalfBacks who do their best Work between the Tackles..
SpeedBacks ~ HalfBacks who do their best Work outside the Tackles.
The PowerBack prototype would be about 5115/220 or so.
The SpeedBack prototype would be about 5010/200 or so.
Those are gross oversimplifications, of course, and many HalfBacks will manifest Attributes of both styles. Indeed, Power and Speed ~ better yet: Agility ~ are crucial to the Success of either kind of HalfBack. But I believe that it advances the discussion and better serves my Fellow FootBall Fanatics if I make an effort to distinguish between types.
This is how I break things down, when evaluating all HalfBacks:
Power: Above all: Core Power. Upper body Power is important, but lower body Power, from the Knees to the Ribs, is absolutely crucial. An HalfBack's Capacity to break Tackles is more about Core Power than anything else.
Agility: Launch Velocity, Fluidity, Acceleration, and Ricochet. Long Speed is all well and good, but at the end of the day, it is Gravy. What wins Championships is Moving The Chains. And Moving The Chains is accomplished far more consistently by the guys who exhibit the Agility ~ and the Focus ~ to consistently pick up 5 and sometimes 10 Yards at a time.
Processing Speed: Diagnostic Velocity. Field Vision. That ethereal Capacity to Rapidly Read & React to the Rapidly Roiling & Boiling Tactical LandScape...and to foresee and envision Lanes developing before they actually do.
Blocking: Having an HalfBack who doesn't Block effectively is like having 10 Men on the Field of Battle. Most HalfBacks just coming out'f College are mediocre Blockers, but this is a crucial Aspect of the Game that they'll need to master.
Receiving: Whether he be a PowerBack or a SpeedBack, an HalfBack that can effectively present a genuine Threat in the Passing Game dramatically increases his Team's Options on any given Play. The more dynamic the Threat, the more valuable to'is Team on the Field of Battle, whether he's just slipping out'f the BackField or splitting out Wide.
Broken down into SubCategories, it'd go something like this:
* Core Power is most of it. Tyrannosaurus Rex would've made an Hell of an HalfBack.
* Torso Power doesn't hurt, though.
* Launch Velocity
* Long Speed
* That ethereal Capacity to foresee and envision Lanes developing before they actually do.
* Combat Skills
* Processing Speed
* Catch Point Capacity
Agility ~ Phenomenal. His Cuts are exquisitely crisp and quick, and his Fluidity is extraordinary.
Processing Speed ~ Exceptional. Extremely adept at Reading & Reacting to the unfolding Tactical LandScape.
Blocking ~ Awful.
Receiving ~ Terrific!! The BearCats Offense has dramatically reduced the HalfBack's Role in the Passing Game over the last Year or two, but he was previously employed extensively in that regard, and he was dynamic!!
I have another Beastocity Alert for you, if you care to view it, but I must warn you: The Tape Quality is lacking, and the Field's Color was evidently chosen by someone in the throes of a vicious Acid Trip, Circa 1973:
2:03 Mark of Draft BreakDown's CutUp of Sam Houston's 2012 Battle with Eastern Washington.
At one point or another, all 11 Members of the Eagle Defense got in on the Play, and a damned good thing, because they were all needed: Flanders finished the Play by bulldozing 5 or 6 Yards with 1 Eagle hanging on to'm while he plowed'is way through 3 others. Flanders simply has outstanding Core Power. He is a Beast.
Yet that is not the most impressive Aspect of'is Game.
Flanders's Agility in Traffic is phenomenal.
His Capacity to Ricochet with Precision and Speed is awesome.
Best of all, though, is his extraordinary Capacity to Rapidly Read the Blocks developing, to pick his Cut with consistently superb Judgement, and to Bash, Slash, Smash, or Thrash his way for maximum Yardage.
His Blocking is pretty horrible, but as much Importance as I place on that crucial Aspect of the Game, it's fixable.
And his Receiving Game ~ what there is of it to see ~ is very intriguing...and he's got the natural Talent, the Agility, and the Field Vision to become a genuine Weapon in that Aspect of the Game.
Thanks, as always, to the extraordinary Work by the men of Draft BreakDown!!
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