Cosell Talks Jones-DrewFriday, June 29, 2012
Quietly almost, Maurice Jones-Drew put together the best season by a running back in the NFL last year. And not just because he led the league in rushing. Jones-Drew was productive despite the fact that he played in the NFL's last-ranked offense. The Jaguars ranked 32nd in passing. MJD had no supporting cast.
NFL Films producer Greg Cosell is a big, big fan of Maurice Jones-Drew's.
"I love Maurice Jones-Drew," Cosell corroborated. "I don't know how most people talk about him, because he's short. He's obviously not small, he's just short. He's really, to me, a power runner who's tough to get a hold of. What I mean by that is, he's very difficult to bring down. But because he's small, hard to see, and shifty as well, guys don't really get a full grasp of him. And he runs through an awful lot of arm tackles.
"So even though he's shifty and has elusiveness, I think at his core, he's somewhat of a power runner."
I suggested to Cosell that Jones-Drew's game has changed since early in his career, when he was Fred Taylor's committee partner. Jones-Drew still hits long runs, but doesn't play with as much pure long speed.
"I think I would agree with that," Cosell responded. "And again, I think long speed -- and that's why I'm not a forty time guy at all, really, for almost any position -- I think long speed, which becomes a function of forty times usually, is the most overrated element for a back.
"I think it's far more important, as I mentioned earlier, to be laterally explosive. You must have short-area acceleration. You must be able to burst quickly. That's a different attribute than long speed. And I think he's more than capable of doing that."