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Old 08-28-2008, 01:15 AM   #1
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Post The AFC North Position by Position Breakdown: Running backs

(NOTE: Running backs includes tailbacks and fullbacks)

Position: Running backs
Not exactly easy, as all 4 teams have above average backfields

1: Pittsburgh Steelers
Knocks aside, Fast Willie Parker is a exceptional back. Sure, he might not be as able to get the tough yards as, say Jerome Bettis, but he certainly makes up for it with agility and sheer speed. Melwelde Moore is a quality 3DRB, and rookie Rashard Mendenhall has the physical skills to do big things in this league. At fullback, Carey Davis is a versatile back who can block and catch. Once again, the Steelers edge out the rest of the field.

2: Cleveland Browns
Jamal Lewis proved all the nay-sayers wrong with a 1300 yard, 9 TD season in 2007. A power running back, he helped compliment a very explosive offense with his aggressive running style. When he reported to camp this year, he looked as light as he did in college. That spells bad news for opposing defenders this season. Jason Wright is the blocking back, used in most obvious passing downs. Scat back Jerome "the ghost" Harrison has shown promise, but seems to be disliked by the coaching staff, limiting his chances. Fullback Lawrence Vickers is one of the best young fullbacks in the league, a excellent blocker and a decent receiver out of the backfield.

3: Baltimore Ravens
Willis McGahee is still a above average runner, similar to Jamal Lewis but perhaps a tad quicker. He put up good numbers behind a clearly wash-ed up line, and can still bust it on any play. After McGahee, look for rookie Ray Rice to spell and maybe 3DRB. At fullback, Le'Ron McClain is a decent blocker. A far cry from just a couple years ago, the Ravens vaunted run game is a shadow of what it was.

4: Cincinnati Bengals
The days of Ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu D Johnson pounding away at defenses seems all but gone. He took major steps back last year, rushing for a measly 497 yards. This year, look for Chris Perry and Kenny Watson to split carries. Both are balanced backs who fit in well with Cincinnati's offense. At fullback, Jeremi Johnson has been plowing holes with the best of em for a while. Now, if only they had a quarterback named Johnson........"Johnson hands it off to Johnson.... no its a fake. Johnson passes it to Johnson coming out of the backfield for a first down.....nice throw there by Johnson......"


Next up: Receivers (Tight ends included)

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Old 08-28-2008, 05:00 AM   #2
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Default Re: The AFC North Position by Position Breakdown: Running backs

Looks like we are at the top of the north again with the best running backs.
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Old 08-28-2008, 08:24 AM   #3
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Default Re: The AFC North Position by Position Breakdown: Running backs

Hopefully I'll never have to listen to Brad Johansen scream "Touchdown, Ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuudyyyyyy!!" ever again on my radio in the car. Drove us both crazy.
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Yeah, what happened to all that Rudi hype from a couple of years ago CS85???? Pretty quiet now eh? No worries, I'd be quiet too about a RB that was once compared to Jerome Bettis, but now resembles Lamont Jordan.
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Yeah, what happened to all that Rudi hype from a couple of years ago CS85???? Pretty quiet now eh? No worries, I'd be quiet too about a RB that was once compared to Jerome Bettis, but now resembles Lamont Jordan.
Dude even Lamont has better upswing that Rudi.
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well rudi himself is expecting to be traded this yr.. i think chris perry could be a good back for them. but y not go after the likes of kevin jones b4 he signed.. or even look at alexander to spilt carries w/..
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You know, this is a welcome change from the last couple of seasons. Last year, I would've put us third or even fourth. We did not have our shit together at all after Jerome left.
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bengals should get dookie
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Yeah, what happened to all that Rudi hype from a couple of years ago CS85???? Pretty quiet now eh? No worries, I'd be quiet too about a RB that was once compared to Jerome Bettis, but now resembles Lamont Jordan.
What hype? In the 3 years prior to last season he rushed for 1,454 yards and 12 TD's; 1,458 yards and 12 TD's; and 1,309 yards and 12 TD's, breaking the Bengals single-season rushing record twice in that span. That's not hype...that's just production.

That being said, he lost a lot of tread on the tires during that span. Last year he tried to slim down in order to help compensate for his lack of quickness, but it just resulted in him continuously getting hurt and getting away from his strengths (running downhill).

Unless he has a Jamal Lewis-esque revival, I think he's headed down a similar road to Shaun Alexander. He had a few awesome years, but the shelf life of any running back, especially one that took as many hits and had as many carries as Rudi, is very short now-a-days.
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