When Brinkley decided to cut it back when he caught a short pass with no one in front of him, I knew it had gotten ridiculous.
Last week, Turner said that the line was blocking fine at times, but the running backs were making bad reads. Remembering that, I immediately yelled, "Run straight, Brinks!"
At one point, the announcers made a point to say that the play appeared to be designed to go inside, but Brinkley broke it wide and gained six yards. Unfortunately, left tackle Mike Harris wasn't expecting an elusiveness-free Barry Sanders impression and held the defender when he looked over and saw Brinkley in a spot he had no business being in.
Brinkley needs to do a better job of trusting his teammates to do their job. From what I saw, there was only one running play where Brinkley didn't make a sharp cut and it was his only good run of the day: a 12-yard gain.
After watching Ryan Mathews roll last season, it's easy to see why Brinkley is emulating his running style.
Like Turner told Mathews last season, Brinkley needs to stop making so many cuts and just go!