How a running back falls might not seem like the most obvious measure of his effectiveness. His goal after all is to not get tackled.
But when Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn analyzes his players he watches how they finish runs. This often indicates how well they began the play. When a running back finishes a run correctly he falls at an angle that lets Lynn know he did not hesitate while hitting the hole created by his offensive line.
"When a running back is decisive he normally finishes falling forward" Lynn said. "When a running back is indecisive is when he gets knocked back or falls sideways."
This decisiveness — the unwillingness to second-guess any move on the field or off it — is the biggest reason Bilal Powell is blossoming this season.
Powell whom the Jets drafted in the fourth round in 2011 got his most prominent opportunity to show his progress in last Sunday’s victory over Buffalo. Powell and Chris Ivory split carries in the first two games — 25 for Powell 22 ...