Originally Posted by Chester McFloppy
OK... to try and change the subject a little (yeesh). They brought it up on the radio this morning and I have to agree with Tiki for once -- do y'all think the RB position is really under appreciated in today's NFL?
I mean, look no further than the Steelers. Their stud team MVP RB goes down and they were done. Teams are no longer drafting RBs in the first round because "value" in later rounds.
Seems like almost every team that has made it to, or won a Super Bowl over the last 10 years, have one guy who 'does it all' and contributes to 1000+ all-purpose yards and double digit touchdowns. Marshawn, Knowshon, Rice, Gore, etc. Last ten teams that made the Super Bowl had rushing totals of: 2188, 1873, 1901, 2491, 1427, 1764, 1606, 1924, 2106, 1294.
Five teams in the playoffs this year are outside the top 15 in rushing (had less than 1781 on the ground): New England, Pittsburgh (barely), Indianapolis, Detroit, and Arizona. Three of them are already sitting at home after this last weekend.
While it's def. a QB driven league, I think that RBs as a whole continue to be undervalued.
These are all the 1,000 rushers this year. 1, first round pick.
Murray 3rd round
Bell 2nd round
McCoy 2nd round
Lynch 1st round
Forsett 7th round
Lacy 2nd round
Hill 2nd round
Gore 3rd round
Miller 4th round
Morris 6th round
Forte 2nd round
Charles 3rd round
There is surely some "devaluing" of the position, but you can say that for almost any position on a team that uses 46 players on game day, across 22 positions, plus kickers, plus special teams specialists. You can take any small sample size of group of teams and see some sort of correlation in something.
The 4 home teams this weekend, NE, Sea, GB, Den. Brady, Russ, Rodgers, Peyton. All 4 QB's have won a SB.
The 4 road teams. Flacco with a SB. Cam and Luck both #1 overall draft picks,and Romo the leading passer on the year.
Hell, the guys that lost, Ben a SB winner, Stafford another #1 overall,..............and then Cincy and Arizona.