Originally Posted by InmanRoshi
Well, that happens when your premiere RB misses almost the entire season with a serious toe injury (and as far as I'm concerned he wasn't healthy when he came back). And then your backup, who's supposed to be a "speed guy" is fat and slow and a shell of his former self.
[View Full Quote]I'm just of the belief that RBs are a higher priority in the modern NFL, as good running offensive lines get fewer and fewer. Colleges simply aren't putting out great run blocking offensive linemen. They play their entire careers in college in 2 point stances in spread offenses and aren't polished at firing off the ball and moving people off the line of scrimmage. Couple that with new rule changes in the NFL CBA that prevents teams from getting in the practice reps, and I see a lot of awful run blocking NFL offensive lines. You need RBs who can mask the flaws in your OL. When I look at the great running games in the NFL, it's because they have RBs who make their OLs look good. The Vikings OL looks great when Adrian Peterson is running behind them, and they look like garbage when Toby Gerhert is running for 3.1 ypc behind them. Doug Martin made that Tampa Bay OL, not vice versa ... especially considering they lost Nick and Joseph for virtually the entire year to injury.
There is alot of truthiness in there. The Saints and their expensive oline run the ball like garbage when Ingram is in the game, but when Sproles or Ivory is in it clicks.
Lacy is a bit tough to evaluate because Alabama had an all time great run blocking line with Fluker, Warmack, Jones and the left tackle.