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Blount plans to change approach on short-yardage runs

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December

Though rookie running back LeGarrette Blount has had his share of success with the Bucs this season, one thing coaches want him to get better at is short-yardage situations.

Despite being a big, bruising back (6-foot, 247 pounds), Blount has had trouble finishing off 3rd-and-1s or 4th-and-1 type plays, including against the Falcons. Blount says he's open to changing how he approaches those carries, feeling as though he can handle those opportunities.

"Short-yardage situations, defenders know exactly what you wanna do," Blount said. "Me being seven yards in the backfield, and them already being athe line of scirmage, they've got to block four or five d-linemen and then you've got three more linebackers and they've got (defensive backs) coming in. So whatever the situation is, basically instead of doing what I did the last couple Sundays, I've got to put my head down and try to go in there and get one yard in a cloud of dust."

Coach Raheem Morris said Monday they may look at different options in short yardage, including fullback Earnest Graham or running back Cadillac Williams. If Morris switches things up, Blount said he wouldn't have a problem with that at all.

"It doesn't bother me," Blount said. "He's the head coach, he's the boss. He's going to do whatever he needs to do to continue our drives, to continue the success of our offense and our football team. If he looks at Earnest for short yardage situations, if he looks at Cadillac for short-yardage situations, either one of those guys will get it done. They're veterans, they know how to get it done. They know what to do in those situations. If (Morris changes it up), I wouldn't be mad at him at all."

Graham would be glad to step in, but also feels Blount will learn and be able to be successful in those short-yardage spots.

"It's a maturation process for him," Graham said. "He's a big guy, he won't have a problem at that. He just needs to get more looks, some more opportunities. I think he'll be fine."

-- JOE SMITH

joesmith@sptimes.com

 

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 12:19pm]

    

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