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Old 03-08-2006, 01:00 PM   #1
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The RB Position in Today's NFL

While we are waiting...

I think Seatlle has hurt itself by signing S. Alexander to an eight-year $62 M contract. It's going to weaken their ability to fill other positions on the team.

Running the football is an innate talent, it isn't something to be learned from experience. Consequently, the RB position is one that smart football GMs fill out of the draft in order to reduce the hit on their salary cap.

The best move: Pick a good back with a number one or number two pick, pound his young legs for four or five years, then trade him or cut him loose and plug another one in.

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Re: The RB Position in Today's NFL

I agree to a certain extent. Seattle did already have a pretty dominant team on both sides of the ball. They most certainly need some help on the defensive side and they may lose Bernard to FA. I think they're sticking with a proven commodity since Hutchinson may be gone.
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Re: The RB Position in Today's NFL

While I agree with most of your statements, you have to remember this 8 year deal is probably for 3, 4 max and only $15 million is guaranteed. Although he is 28 years old, he is still in awesome shape and can be productive for the next 3 or 4 years with the type of game they play out there. They pass a very high percentage of the time on 1st down when alot of teams crowd the line expecting run. He doesn't get beat up alot, plus he goes out of bounds when he can, he doesnt enjoy the down field contact.
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Seattle couldn't afford to let the league MVP walk away. They're likely to make another run at the Super Bowl again next year.
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Re: The RB Position in Today's NFL

While running may be an innate talent, good backs are plentiful....great ones are scarce. I would have to say Alexander falls in the latter category.
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Would you put him in the great backs category? The good backs you are talking about would become "great" behind that line. Arguably the best offensive line in football (at least the left side is).
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I agree to a certain extent. Seattle did already have a pretty dominant team on both sides of the ball. They most certainly need some help on the defensive side and they may lose Bernard to FA. I think they're sticking with a proven commodity since Hutchinson may be gone.
You probably have their thinking right: "sticking with a proven commodity." But, picking RBs in the draft isn't nearly as risky as say picking a QB.
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Would you put him in the great backs category? The good backs you are talking about would become "great" behind that line. Arguably the best offensive line in football (at least the left side is).
Possibly, but I think all of the truly great ones ran behind dominant lines. The only exception I can think of would be Barry Sanders. But I would put Alexander in the "great backs" category as far as present day, active runners are concerned. Of all time?? Maybe not, but I think history will ultimately put Alexander in that category when it's all said and done.

To me he just lacks something, but who can argue with his stats.
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While I agree with most of your statements, you have to remember this 8 year deal is probably for 3, 4 max and only $15 million is guaranteed. Although he is 28 years old, he is still in awesome shape and can be productive for the next 3 or 4 years with the type of game they play out there.
He has been durable, but he has five years of hard mileage on him.

We saw two backs drafted out of Auburn last year who probably could have produced as well in Seattle's system for less money.
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Would you put him in the great backs category? The good backs you are talking about would become "great" behind that line. Arguably the best offensive line in football (at least the left side is).
The man has put up 15+ rushing touchdowns a season for, what, 5 years in a row? Regardless of your O-line, that's pretty damn great if you ask me. He is a constant threat to break a big run so the opposing D can't relax with him on the field.



It's true that RB is probably one of the 'easiest' positions for a player to make the transition from college to the pros; but a college kid doesn't guarantee you the kind of consistency that Alexander has for them the past few years. He is getting older, but with that line, he doesn't seem to be slowing down.
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Seattle couldn't afford to let the league MVP walk away. They're likely to make another run at the Super Bowl again next year.
Five of the last six Super Bowl losers didn't make the playoffs the next season. In this era of parity, there isn't much difference between number two and number 22.

Letting the league's MVP walk might have been bad press...the kind New England used to get hit with when they let some of their big name talent walk.
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I just never, ever, ever see Alexander break tackles. He's fast, I'll give him that, but it always seems he's running behind his Pro Bowl fullback and his Pro Bowl tackle, Walter Jones and his Pro Bowl guard Hutchinson before he ever gets touched.

And also let's remember that their passing game wasn't exactly shabby and I'm sure that opened up some things for him. I just thought it was a shame that he broke Priest's record because Priest was a far tougher runner than Alexander will ever be. He definitely had the benefit of a great line, but not of the passing game nor of a great fullback.
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The man has put up 15+ rushing touchdowns a season for, what, 5 years in a row? Regardless of your O-line, that's pretty damn great if you ask me. He is a constant threat to break a big run so the opposing D can't relax with him on the field.
If you have a Barry Sanders, a Jim Brown, or an Earl Campbell...you have a great running back. Alexander is a very good running back but not in that category.

The knock on Clinton Portis when he came here was that he was a "system back" at Denver. All RBs, for better or worse, are system backs in my opinion.

Alexander has done exceptionally well for five seasons, and is coming off his best year. But the question is: How likely is it that he will be worth the money he will be paid during the term of the contract?
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I'll say this with some warning, it might not have worked out this way, but I bet that Mike Anderson behind that line could have had easily the same production.
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