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Old 01-16-2006, 05:32 AM   #1
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Will Redskins acquire a BIG back?

Jerome Bettis, Stephen Davis, Ron Dayne, etc?
Will the Redskins acquire a short yardage back?
I think if we could add Jerome Bettis it would help incredibly!



Even though he fumbled in a crucial moment today.
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Old 01-16-2006, 05:33 AM   #2
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Re: Will Redskins acquire a BIG back?

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Jerome Bettis, Stephen Davis, Ron Dayne, etc?
Will the Redskins acquire a short yardage back?
I think if we could add Jerome Bettis it would help incredibly!



Even though he fumbled in a crucial moment today.
Bettis is done after this year...
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Old 01-16-2006, 05:36 AM   #3
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Re: Will Redskins acquire a BIG back?

K Well question still is:

Will the Redskins acquire a BIG BACK?
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Old 01-16-2006, 08:46 AM   #4
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Re: Will Redskins acquire a BIG back?

I think we are set at RB. We have needs in other areas: WR, O line, DE.
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Re: Will Redskins acquire a BIG back?

A big Ron Dayne type back couldn't hurt. What about trying to work Sellers into the running game a bit more? I know he almost fumbled into the endzone earlier this year when he did get a short yardage chance, but that could have been because he never gets carries. He has even said that he considers himself more of a true fullback than an H-back, so let's see what he can do on 2nd and goal from the 2.
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Re: Will Redskins acquire a BIG back?

I think Portis would be fine to continue in the short-yardage role. What we don't have is a good lead-blocker. Sellers is a decent blocker at the edge of the line, in a TE type of spot. Cooley can block decently, but he's not great at it. We need someone that can pave the way for Portis coming out of I's or offset-I's.

If we had Randy Thomas healthy for the playoffs, I bet this thread never would have started. When he is healthy, the Redskins get out on the edge behind him and move it very effectively. He's great at pulling, and you don't need much of a lead-blocking back when you can get Thomas into space. He was one of the biggest reasons we made the playoffs this year.
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Old 01-16-2006, 09:28 AM   #7
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Re: Will Redskins acquire a BIG back?

Nemo?
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Old 01-16-2006, 09:31 AM   #8
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Re: Will Redskins acquire a BIG back?

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Jerome Bettis, Stephen Davis, Ron Dayne, etc?
Will the Redskins acquire a short yardage back?
I think if we could add Jerome Bettis it would help incredibly!



Even though he fumbled in a crucial moment today.
Jerome Bettis is going to retire after this season Luxorreb. If he doesn't, he'll more than likely remain a Steeler for one more season THEN retire. As far as Stephen Davis, well, Gibbs' past history will tell you he's a mastermind at revitalizing running backs' careers (George Rogers, Earnest Byner.) I always felt it was a dumb move getting rid of Stephen Davis. I understand that he didn't fit into the Spurrier project, but Davis could have lots of success under a Joe Gibbs system.

What about developing Nemo? He's a big back and could fit into Gibbs' offense nicely. Plus, he's young and we could have him for a number of years. I believe we already have your answer.
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Old 01-16-2006, 09:35 AM   #9
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Re: Will Redskins acquire a BIG back?

If they go out and look for a "big back" then the 4th round pick of Manuel White (when they could have taken Chris Canty, DE, Virginia) is even more of a complete waste that it already was. Plus they've still got Nehemiah Broughton.

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Old 01-16-2006, 09:40 AM   #10
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As far as Stephen Davis, well, Gibbs' past history will tell you he's a mastermind at revitalizing running backs' careers (George Rogers, Earnest Byner.) I always felt it was a dumb move getting rid of Stephen Davis. I understand that he didn't fit into the Spurrier project, but Davis could have lots of success under a Joe Gibbs system.
We're going to disagree here again, skinsguy. When he wasn't fumbing, I loved Stephen Davis, but he's past his prime now. He had a 3.1 ypc average this year with only around 800 rushing yards with Carolina. He had one good season after he left, but I think we got rid of him at about the right time. Davis simply cannot handle a 16-game season anymore. If he doesn't call it a career during this offseason, he's not far off.
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We're going to disagree here again, skinsguy. When he wasn't fumbing, I loved Stephen Davis, but he's past his prime now. He had a 3.1 ypc average this year with only around 800 rushing yards with Carolina. He had one good season after he left, but I think we got rid of him at about the right time. Davis simply cannot handle a 16-game season anymore. If he doesn't call it a career during this offseason, he's not far off.
We wouldn't need him for a primary back, and I think that is where you have to understand where I am coming from. I'm thinking in more regards of a third down, short yardage back. The fumbling can be corrected - just look at Tiki Barbour! Portis is still our main back, but just as Betts and Cartwright have both been good change up backs to compliment Portis, I believe Davis could also be that back - but more in regards to short yardage plays. However, in terms of Davis being injury prone the past few years, I think we already have the backs we need. BUT - if we were looking for a bigger back, Gibbs knows what needs to be done to pump life back into a running back's career.

However, in terms of a big back, my point is that we should look seriously toward developing Nehiemah rather than look outside of the team.
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Old 01-16-2006, 10:24 AM   #12
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Re: Will Redskins acquire a BIG back?

Can we work Sellers into that kind of role? I would love to have a Bettis type of heart breaker and life taker, pounding the crap out of the opposition. Dude loves to get the ball and run over people.
However, as was mentioned in an earlier post, we have to have better run blocking. I have read about a thousand complaints about our Offense being to predictable, and the opposition knowing what we were going to do and thus stopping it. In Gibbs first tenure, EVERYONE knew we were going to pound your ass off with the counter tre'. The hogs just blew you off the line. Once you committed enough horses to the line to stop it, we dusted off a forty yarder downfield. It was an unstoppable combination, and will be again with some personnel help in the offseason
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Re: Will Redskins acquire a BIG back?

These whole discussion seems totally out of priority. We have plenty of other pressing concerns beside a "big back." I sure hope Gibbs and Co. aren't wasting time worrying about a larger RB.

Get the O-line in tip-top shape and it won't matter if it's Clinton Portis or Jerome Bettis or Jerome Bettis' 400lb aunt who can find a hole.
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Old 01-16-2006, 11:42 AM   #14
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Re: Will Redskins acquire a BIG back?

Stephen Davis could be our Gerald Riggs next year. Remember when it was goal situations in the early 90's who got the ball. Davis would be great doing that.
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Old 01-16-2006, 11:57 AM   #15
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Davis will not be coming back. That would be insane.

Sellers is more than capable of short yardage and in knocking heads back. A lot of people don't realize he was a star RB in high school and (community) college, he just never gets the call in the NFL (two carries his entire NFL career).

6-3, 277 pounds? He's bigger than Alstott. I guaran-damn-tee he could punch it in if we gave him the ball.
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