Matt Waldman’s RSP Boiler Room No.244 RB Gerold Bright (Utah): Open-Field Basics


Matt Waldman’s RSP Boiler Room shares the basics of open field running with a play from Utah State running back Gerold Bright.

There’s way too much emphasis on open-field running in football analysis these days. Even so, there are fans who haven’t really thought about some of the basics that go into this arena of running.

It’s one of the simplest parts of running the football. Of course, simple concepts can be executed as high art. Barry Sanders is a great example

You don’t have to be Sanders to be a competent open-field runner. You only need to understand how to threaten a defender’s leverage in order to earn more yards than a straight-line path might otherwise present.

This is common sense for most football fans, but for the occasional value of underscoring a simple concept, here’s an example of Utah State runner Gerold Bright earning 19 yards in the open field that he wouldn’t have otherwise earned if he maintained a straight path.

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