Originally Posted by ~primetime~
RBs are a dime a dozen...least valuable position...doesn't matter who runs the ball...you can find a good RB anywhere...etc etc
It's actually very true.
Guys like B.Sanders, Peterson and Faulk come once a decade it seems.
The OLINE can literally make RBs superstars.
Look at McCoy & E.Smith for instance, two RBs that are considered great. But look at their offensive line. They were so overrated it's ridiculous.
Their incredible lines made their fame; they wouldn't be much better than your average back in the league. Offensive lines matter a lot in this league and it's no surprise that most of the great backs (Terrell Davis for instance) or Shaun Alexander, had so much success because of their incredibly strong offensive line.
There's guys like Sander, Peterson, Charles, J.Brown etc. who were special running backs and you can see their talent shine through but there are a ton of backs that have had a ton of success in this league primarily because of who was blocking for them. Guys like Murray is a PERFECT example, and there are so many of those guys every-where.
My point is, Todd Gurley looks to me like that next great back. I don't evaulate running backs by their numbers, ever. I look at the way they run the ball; their vision, strength and elusiveness. Gurley is a special talent and I'm excited to see him in the NFL.
McCoy had that elusiveness that made him exciting to watch play; he was incredible in the open field but he also had two of the ten best linesman in the world blocking for him.
Do you guys remember Hutchinson in Minnesota?
Guess who made a living off that guy?
Remember L.Allen in Dallas? The dude made Emmith Smith's legendary career. Now I'm not saying those guys are bad running backs but they are replaceable. They aren't nearly as great as people think they are. The greatest thing about E.Smith was his durability. He was a good back, did everything really well but imagine Barry Sanders with Dallas in the 90's.
I seem them winning a few more superbowls to be honest.
That guy is the DEFINITION of the perfect RB, no one has ever came close to being as good as that guy was. The elusiveness, speed and vision are 2nd to none; he didn't need a great offensive line to block for him, he took what they gave him and created runs out of nothing.
McCoy & Charles (and Tomlinson, Faulk) very similar in terms of speed & elusiveness but they simply did not have the vision Barry had, that's perhaps the most important criteria we should use to determine a great back (2nd being ability to break tackles & speed/agility).