I’ve had numerous conversations with Ed, B-Lew, and a few other homeboys of mine, and we all have different opinions on some of the running backs I’m about to go into detail about. The reason I’m picking these dudes is simple: one was the feature back last year for the first time; another will be the feature back for the first time, and the third is someone I just feel like highlighting. All three of them bring something different to the table, and for reasons we will all explore, I’m rarely surprised by what they do. As Denny Green once said, “they were who we thought they were.”
Marion Barber - Marion the Barbarian had a decent year in 2008, but it wasn’t anything close to what we saw, when he was backing up Julius Jones a couple of seasons ago. We know dude is a MAN. He can run around you or over you. I honestly don’t think the book is out on how to stop him, but I do think his drop in production was due to him being asked to start games, instead of coming in later, and pounding away on anyone attempting to bring him down. I can say this right now as a Cowboys fan: HE IS THE BEST RUNNING BACK ON THE TEAM, and if anyone else thinks otherwise, they’re out of their rabbit-ass mind. I love Felix just like the next Cowboys fan, but if you throw him out there to start a game, he won’t make it through half the season. Sorry, but it’s true. Tashard Choice is nice, but he’s the number three. My only hope is Barber goes back to running like the barbarian we know he is, because last season certainly won’t cut it, if the ‘Boys even wanna think about saying playoffs.
Maurice Jones-Drew - When I see Jones-Drew, I see the ultimate change-of-pace/situational back. With that being said, Ed came on this site, and said this man will go 1,000/1,000. Not only was that the most outlandish statement I’ve ever read, I haven’t seen proof that he can do what Ed has prophesized. I see someone who’s split time with one of the most underappreciated and dynamic running backs in our time, The Great Fred Taylor. What I also saw was his yards per carry decrease each season. For dude to get 1,000 yards receiving, he’s gonna need to catch at least 100 passes, if not more. I don’t know how 1,000 yards rushing is going to be easy, because he’ll have to carry the ball at least 15 times a game to do that. I’m just shocked, since he’s only done it once, and that was in his second year at UCLA, but like I said at the beginning, dude is a monster, and is definitely one of the most versatile players in the league, so I won’t put it past him; I’m just not ready to crown him yet.
Brandon Jacobs - I’m a Cowboy fan to the heart, but Brandon Jacobs is my dude. He’s definitely one of my favorite backs in the league, simply because when he gets the ball, great things happen. You don’t have to worry about third down much, because he’s gonna get you five yards a carry, as evidenced by the past two seasons. The Giants use him perfectly, and it also helps that there are other backs there as well, so they’ve never had to run him into the ground. Even though Derrick Ward went to the Bucs, Ahmad Bradshaw is more than capable of replacing him, and if he does, then it will only continue to help Jacobs and he’ll continue to be the monster we’re accustomed to seeing.
THESE ARE 3 BACKS THAT WE BELIEVE WILL ASCEND FROM THE TOP 10 BACKS IN THE LEAGUE, WHO DO YOU THINK WILL FALL FROM GRACE, OR JOIN THESE 3 ON THE NEW PEDESTAL OF BACKS? LET US KNOW!