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Bye-bye backs

Posted on: February 23, 2010 5:47 pm
 

We had two former star NFL running backs put on the street in the past two days.

The message: Backs come and go -- quickly.

A day after the San Diego Chargers released LaDainian Tomlinson, the Philadelphia Eagles released Brian Westbrook.

Two years ago, the release of either one would have seemed nutty and the release of both downright crazy.

But that's what happens to running backs. They hit the wall. And it's gone.

Westbrook has had concussion issues in recent years, which is a concern, but he also hasn't been the same back he was two years ago. He's 30, and that's the bad age for backs.

Can Westbrook and Tomlinson still help in a limited role? They could in spot duty,
provided a team has a lead back.

As far as being 15-20-carry guys, you can forget that.

They are victims of the old running back adage, which is draft them, use them up, and then discard them.

It's so cruel, but so true.

 

Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2010 4:41 pm
 

Bye-bye backs

While I do agree that Westbrook should hang them up, I don't on LT.  Watch the film of this past year.  His O-line couldn't open up a hole.  I think LT has plenty left plus he now has a chip on his shoulder.  The team that should look at him is San Francisco.  He would be a great compliment to Gore plus he would bring a enormous amount of experience to an up and coming team. 



Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2010 2:18 pm
 

Bye-bye backs

These elite backs and listen to what I'm saying elite backs still have something left and will contribute to hopefully (if it's a championship caliber team) win a championship! Don't count them out. In 210K we will see the trend of lighting and thunder's around the league and the days of number uno is done unless they clone A.P.!!! L.T & B Brook rock on.


That's what Seattle thought about Edgerrin James, it's what Washington thought about Shaun Alexander, it's what Pittsburgh thought about Duce Staley, and if you want to go back a number of years, it's what Denver thought about Tony Dorsett. I like Westbrook and Tomlinson, but these guys are toast. They should do the right thing and hang 'em up.



Since: Nov 22, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2010 1:53 pm
 

Bye-bye backs

   I like your article.
   It was better than Priscos'.
   You used one sentence twice.
   Your thoughts were clear
   Backs do get hurt.
   Youth is not best served on the young.
   Old QBs last longer than old backs.
   They get huge contracts.
   I hope one wins the Super Bowl, next year!


   Roadhouse, Yeah!



Since: Sep 4, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2010 12:47 pm
 

Bye-bye backs

Maybe ... but you can't spell.




Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2010 11:47 am
 

Bye-bye backs

LT would be a great pickup for the Pats. 10-12 carries and Brady dumping off to him. Perfect.



Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: February 25, 2010 7:41 am
 

Bye-bye Prisco

Well, I can't say it's been a good year for you, Pete. You're about 1 - 9 in your playoff picks this year, your power rankings have been hilarious, and your analysis has been short of pedestrian.

It's time for you to start applying for a janitor job at CBS - or maybe you can powder Phil Simms' face before each game. This just isn't the right fit for you. You had a good run - wait, no. You didn't - but - we'll miss the laughs that we get when we read your reports.





Since: Aug 11, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2010 4:52 am
 

Bye-bye backs

I'll tell you why Ladainian Tomlinson's production has gone down the toilet:  the Chargers don't have a FULLBACK.  Look at every great running back in the NFL today - each of them has a big fullback blocking for them.  The Chargers have 5'11", 225 lb guys who are too slow to play running back, and for some reason AJ thought they'd make good fullbacks.

Lorenzo Neal was the key to the Chargers running game in LT's glory days.




Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2010 11:34 pm
 

9 sentence article

9 Sentance "Article"

CBS, Please pay me for my insight comperable to Prisco's. Please reference my work below for my experience & knowledge.


I am sure you could make a haiku version and it would still have more relevance then the Prisco version.



Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2010 10:27 pm
 

Not Tiki

Tiki Barber got better with age.  He went out on top but seemed like he was peaking when he called it quits...



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2010 9:28 pm
 

Bye-bye backs

After Westbrook limped into the playoffs last season, I had a gut instinct he was done. Against the Vikings he had the screen pass as glory. The 3rd matchup against the Giants, just too physical a rivalry. And the first half of the Cardinals game, the eagles never got out of the starting block.

Anyway, there was still hope that he could play in 2009. McCoy could take some load off, adding Maclin to Jackson and Avant & Celek, they were loaded offensively as long as the offensive line did it's job & stayed healthy. But 2009 started out like so many Eagles seasons, injuries to McNabb and Westbrook and across the board on defense. The schedule looked hard depending upon the week you looked at it. Then the realization, they were McNabb led rookies trying to duplicate 2008. The offensive line was revamped too, it sustained injuries, the last taking the starting center out of both Cowboys games. And the concussions recurred. And that's where you see the business end of it, too much money to retain, yet Vick, healthy and hadn't played became where the Eagles spent Westbrook's money if he hadn't been injured by 2 concussions.

Westbrook will alway stand out in my mind for his screen pass vs the Vikings. I figure he has those still left in him, but the runs are what will kill him. If he decides to continue, the team that brings him in will have to realize he is a slot receiver and not a running back any more.


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