Originally Posted by InmanRoshi
Wow, the Martin Love Affair is so strong that now we have a media conspiracy against a backup fullback.
Parcells said in one of his press conferences that Martin almost didn't make the team last year. Then he pays out top dollar to bring in the best UFA FB on the market and trades a draft pick to bring another one in. Its not a media concoction.
Early in his career, Gash was more than just a human batttering ram. He had 48 rushing attempts one year. Despite that, and the fact that he probably contributed to special teams which also seperates him from Martin, Gash was never a full time starter under Parcells.
Martin Love Affair? Media Conspiracy? What are you talking about?
I never said any such thing about any conspiracy. I do think that the media has simply assumed that because two fullbacks were brought in, Parcells is unhappy with Martin. Do we really know that? That line of thinking doesn't apply at the quarterback position, does it? Has Parcells said anything bad about Martin other than the comment about him being a little heavy in June? The "almost cut" comment was last year, and I remember the same thing being said about Daleroy Stewart.
And as for the "love affair", there were many times last year when our running game didn't do anything until Martin came in to lead block. It was obvious. Maybe he was just a role player, but still, Martin contributed last year. And as a highly-regarded rookie coming off a bad knee injury, it's not unreasonable to expect that he could improve in his second year... Is it?
Maybe the love affair is with a 235 lb 7th-round eccentric and another guy so good he wasn't even drafted last year.