The past few weeks I have gotten out the pen and the pad and decided that it was time to evaluate on my own that were the best running backs in the game. I am looking for a few things when I evaluate running backs:
- Do they have the ability to turn water into wine…? Can they make a negative play into a positive?
- Do they possess the ability to be an every down back…? This means they can run, catch, block, and are a threat in all three categories.
- Are they homerun hitters… which mean they can take a two yard run and turn it into an 80 yard run.
- What type of footwork do they have in and out of the cut… Can they go from 100 to 0, and then back to 100 without slipping and sliding all over the field?
- Do defenders hesitate before they come up to take on the back…? This means they are a force and not every one wants a piece of them at their best.
As I evaluated the backs in the league I had to watch a lot of football. I recorded three games from each of the past four weeks and I spent some time watching guys go at their best. I have to say that the list didn’t shape out like I thought it would. I watched guys who are usually the one’s crowned when it comes to great backs because they have been doing it for so long. What I found is that there are a few guys who really don’t get the attention they deserve when it comes to their football ability.
Lets start with the 5th back on the list.