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  1. #11
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    I don't think a RB coach can coach instinct to "run the ball" ....but can he coach blocking assignments is the key issue
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    You don't coach running. The entire concept is flawed. I got into a discussion with an NFL running backs coach who told me you can teach instincts to running backs. He was dead serious. I think maybe he needed to look up what "instincts" even means. A lot of these assit. coaches are not the sharpest knives in the drawer.
    1.
    an inborn pattern of activity or tendency to action common to a given biological species.
    2.
    a natural or innate impulse, inclination, or tendency.
    3.
    a natural aptitude or gift: an instinct for making money.
    4.
    natural intuitive power.

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    I was really hoping that one from Denver was coming here.
    R1- T.J. Watt, OLB; Wisconsin
    R2- JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR; USC
    R3- Cameron Sutton, CB; Tennessee
    R3- James Conner, RB; Pittsburgh
    R4- Josh Dobbs, QB; Tennessee
    R5- Brian Allen, CB; Utah
    R6- Colin Holba, LS; Louisville
    R7- Keion Adams, OLB; Western Michigan

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    Have Willie Parker be there to be the assistant running back coach again..
    R1- T.J. Watt, OLB; Wisconsin
    R2- JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR; USC
    R3- Cameron Sutton, CB; Tennessee
    R3- James Conner, RB; Pittsburgh
    R4- Josh Dobbs, QB; Tennessee
    R5- Brian Allen, CB; Utah
    R6- Colin Holba, LS; Louisville
    R7- Keion Adams, OLB; Western Michigan

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    Well I hope he can help Bell become another great Steelers RB. And maybe if Dwyer sticks around he can show him to hit the right open gap.

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    I was thinking maybe the Bus would come back to coach. After all, his tutelage made a star out of FWP.

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    James Saxon's challenge not just developing starter, but developing depth

    By Neal Coolong  @NealCoolong on Jan 29 2014

    Adrian Peterson was clearly the unquestioned back, just like Le'Veon Bell will be in 2014. But what Saxon can do to develop those behind Bell may be his biggest challenge as the Steelers' running backs coach.

    No one's asking Steelers running backs coach James Saxon to turn Le'Veon Bell into his former protege, Adrian Peterson.

    Bell cannot and will not be AP, no offense to him. But what Saxon can bring to him in the form of anecdotal history could be vital to his development.

    "We had Adrian do this," he could say to Bell. "Adrian's main issue was that."

    Or even just "footwork is what made AP great, you've got a lot of those same traits." Something to get the second-year emerging stud on the side of development. Few will ever be blessed with the natural running ability of Peterson, a likely first-ballot Hall of Fame player and possibly a top five rushing leader when it's all over.

    Bell has something Peterson has never displayed through his career, though; the ability to be a receiving threat as well. Bell had 45 catches for 399 yards in 13 games as a rookie. Peterson had 29 catches last season, and has only had more than 40 or more catches in a season twice in his career. That's a new added weapon Saxon can help develop.

    Perhaps most intriguing about his hire, though, is how he's moving from one team with an established player at the position to another. Bell won't be challenged for touches in 2014, just as Peterson wasn't during Saxon's tenure. But other players must be prepared to fill in as needed. Peterson suffered a torn ACL toward the end of the 2011 season, but rebounded to earn MVP honors in 2012. His 2013 campaign was dinged a bit with injuries, but something called Matt Asiada had carries in two games for the Vikings last year - one against Detroit, in which he rushed for 115 yards, and another against Philadelphia, in which he had three touchdowns.

    Not bad for a nobody.

    Saxon, as well as Mike Tomlin and Todd Haley, will have a similar challenge in 2014. Developing depth behind Bell is an underrated aspect of this offseason. The Steelers have some options at the position, and likely will be starting fresh with some new faces. Saxon's biggest challenge will be not just developing the feature back, but getting a few guys ready in case of injury.

    [URL]http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2014/1/29/5356900/steelers-hire-new-running-backs-coach-james-saxon[/URL]

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    He has experience with zone, and while munchak runs a complicated blocking scheme it has a lot of zone elements to it. Kirby has more experience with power running schemes, and thats what the vikes are switching to.

    Regardless, its not exactly an epic shakeup in the coaching staff. This level of coaching tier is very volatile.

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