Jamie_B Posted March 10 Report Share Posted March 10 6 minutes ago, HavePityPlease said: I think the point people are making is that a mediocre "bell cow" is fine as long as the player blocks well, catches well, runs hard, and doesn't fumble. That's what Green-Ellis was for the Pats, but we didn't use him that way - we tried to make him a bell cow and he wasn't good at it. I think the faulty thinking is that if we have some top-shelf RB we're suddenly going to become a running team (we are NOT). I know the easy daydream to get into is "wouldn't it be great to have a home run hitter hitting home runs all day" but we're not playing Madden here. By far the #1 requirement of a Bengals RB now is - blocking and picking up blitzes. If we can get some incredible blocking RB who is also a top-shelf runner, fine, invest in it. What I see people arguing for is some high-yardage back which would quite obviously be wasted in our offense. We need a guy who will punish teams for going small/dime to stop Joe so they stay honest and Joe can continue to pick them apart. Having a good running game does more than I think people realize for opening up the pass. It means team can't just play cover 2 all the time and will have to bring safeties into the box. People want to make the comparison with us and the Brady led Pats, but that team was unstoppable when Corey Dillon was there. I'd also argue that Buffalo struggles for this very reason. 1 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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