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Backs just not worth it

Posted on: August 24, 2011 4:56 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2011 9:34 am
 

Chris Johnson is everything I want in a running back. He is explosive. He rips off big runs. You don't need grind-it-out drives with a back who has his speed. The Tennessee Titans can scare defenses with his ability to go 75 in an instant.

But having said all that, I wouldn't make him close to being the highest-paid offensive player in the NFL.

I get that he's underpaid. But he's a back. The game has changed. Backs don't decide winners anymore.

They used to be the stars. Now they're just part of the show -- which is headlined by the passing game.

Doubt me? The top five running backs in the NFL are arguably Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster, Maurice Jones-Drew and Jamaal Charles. How many playoff games did they win between them last season?

None. Zippo. Zilch.

As we ready for the 2011 season, which one of those backs plays on a team favored to win its division?

None. Zippo. Zilch.

Backs are role players now. The rules mandate that. The Titans were 17th in rushing last season with him. They were 27th in total offense. How much worse can they be without him?

So Johnson might want to get realistic.  Get a new deal. Get a big raise. Get a lot of guaranteed money. He was in Nashville to talk with the Titans, but progress wasn't made toward a new deal. He reamins a holdout.

He needs to get into camp and get it done. There's no reason to wait. They just might realize what I already have: Backs aren't as valuable as you think.


Category: NFL
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:59 pm
 

Backs just not worth it



tomlye
Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 6:26 am
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Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: August 26, 2011 2:45 pm
 

Irregardless

Don't try to defend it, unless you are from western Indiana or a Notre Dame grad.


draper1997
Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: August 26, 2011 2:15 pm
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Since: Jul 25, 2010
Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:05 pm
 

Backs just not worth it

Speaking from an NFL point of view and not a fantasy owners point of view - I agree totally. Ever since the days of Terrell Davis & Jammal Anderson back in the late 90's - it's been proven that a top running game can be produced with later draft picks.

A team that's not that good (Titans) cannot afford to spend such a high cap percentage on one player. The rules have changed - if they want to get better, they can do so more quickly by spending the same money Johnson wants on 2 or 3 top position players.



Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:03 pm
 

Backs just not worth it

I don't know what it is about Prisco but I feel like he's been saying smarter and smarter things over the past year. Totally agree, backs are a dime a dozen. Johnson is a great back but in 3 years, I wouldn't be surprised if an undrafted free agent back beat him for the starting job. That's just how it goes with running backs these days. Look at Denver, they throw any smoe in there and they were gaining yards consistently for years. Don't waste your money Titans. 



Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2011 8:35 pm
 

Backs just not worth it

Irregardless is not word.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 7:44 pm
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brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 7:37 pm
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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 3:08 pm
 

Backs just not worth it


Hard to take a Pats fan seriously that can't spell Richard Seymour's name.

I either have to slow down when I type or proof read it before I hit the submit button.  Good football point.


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