Apparently, Beanie Wells’ big problem right now is that he’s too fast.
Sure, normally being fast is an important aspect to a running back. But it’s not Wells’ speed as much as his anxiousness that is an issue, at least as coach Ken Whisenhunt sees it. Beanie’s fumble in Seattle? He didn’t allow his blocker time to do his job and slammed into his back, popping the ball loose. The juggle of another handoff later (that thankfully didn’t turn into a fumble)? Going after the ball too quickly.
“He’s so geeked up,” Whisnehunt said.
Most backs will take an immediate drop step before heading forward for a handoff, helping synch up with the quarterback. “Beanie is so fast, sometimes he’s getting there sometimes before the pull of the guard or even getting there too tight to the quarterback,” Whisenhunt said. “When we talk about a young player and having to work them into it, that’s what we’re talking about.”
Experience is the only way to correct it, Whisenhunt said. But like most things, it’s a Catch-22. Whisenhunt’s theory is that Wells has so many new things to learn on the pro level, it’s easy to forget about the little details that make him a good runner. And then, once it is time to actually carry the ball and not worry about blocking or catching, “it’s ‘I just want to get the ball, I just want to get the ball,’ ” Whisenhunt said. “The timing suffers a little bit.”
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