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07:27 AM ET 11.28 | On Tuesday, he made The Call. Patriots running back Stevan Ridley, perhaps dealing with the greatest level of adversity in his three-year career, needed guidance from his close friend and mentor, so he dialed up Kevin Faulk. Ridley has fumbled in three consecutive games, and his four lost fumbles this season are tied for the most in the NFL among skill-position players. His time on the bench has increased with the last two gaffes, from zero snaps on the sideline against the Steelers to 17 against the Panthers to a permanent seat against the Broncos following the drop on his fourth carry of the night. With that, it's unclear how much playing time, if any, Ridley will earn in future game plans. His chance to become the first Patriot under Bill Belichick to rush for back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons has greatly diminished.

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November 28, 2013  07:51 AM ET

Why does he need to call Kevin Faulk to learn how to hold onto a football? Can't he learn this from the coaching staff?

November 28, 2013  08:23 AM ET

Because Kevin knows the proper and correct way to fondle the ball and kiss this coach's ****

November 28, 2013  08:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Why does he need to call Kevin Faulk to learn how to hold onto a football? Can't he learn this from the coaching staff?

Apparently coaching staff's no longer coach, they give press releases.

November 28, 2013  08:44 AM ET

Maybe Faulk can run with him and help him hold it while he runs?

November 28, 2013  08:46 AM ET

No problem. Can't fumble when nailed to the bench.

November 28, 2013  08:47 AM ET

Should've called Tiki Barber.

Not only only did he learn how to stop fumbling, he made Hoodie his personal birch.

November 28, 2013  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Why does he need to call Kevin Faulk to learn how to hold onto a football? Can't he learn this from the coaching staff?

I suppose it is the old it takes one to know one paradigm. Yes, I said it, the "P" word. Paradigm. The everything word that tells nothing.

November 28, 2013  09:27 AM ET

Is he pro actively collaborating with people in the paradigm ?

November 28, 2013  09:37 AM ET

No one knows the position as best as the great Kevin Faulk!!

November 28, 2013  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Apparently coaching staff's no longer coach, they give press releases.

You forgot Tweets. They tweet too.

November 28, 2013  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

No one knows the position as best as the great Kevin Faulk!!

Underrated back. Did everything well, if not great. Reminded me of Roger Craig.

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November 28, 2013  09:52 AM ET
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Underrated back. Did everything well, if not great. Reminded me of Roger Craig.

Good memory there. I too would like to thank Roger Craig for fumbling the ball as all the 49ers had to do was run out the clock and go to the superbowl. Not to be. fumble, Giants have the ball, the field goal is good and the Giants win 15-13 and on to a superbowl thriller win over the Bills.

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November 28, 2013  10:04 AM ET
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Good memory there. I too would like to thank Roger Craig for fumbling the ball as all the 49ers had to do was run out the clock and go to the superbowl. Not to be. fumble, Giants have the ball, the field goal is good and the Giants win 15-13 and on to a superbowl thriller win over the Bills.

My memory of that game also includes Montana getting destroyed, fumbling, and subsequently losing the game.

Not the greatest effort by SF that day. Not to take away from NY's win, of course, as NY's D was fantastic that entire post season. But that was one of the few times Walsh was out coached, IMO.

November 28, 2013  10:04 AM ET

The Denver Broncos traded The Great Tony Dorsett to Dallas Because he Fumbled, he probaby fumbled the ball during his Career more than any player in The Hof. His first 5 years with Dallas about 45 times! But his coach stuck with him and they both are in The HOF!!!

November 28, 2013  10:06 AM ET
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Happy Thanksgiving to all you football junkies. Have a great day.

Back at ya, Rex. Enjoy stuffing your face, as I will enjoy stuffing mine.

November 28, 2013  10:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

No problem. Can't fumble when nailed to the bench.

David Wilson agrees.

 
November 28, 2013  10:43 AM ET

The thing is: Vereen has the role that Faulk played on the SB teams.

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