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McCaffery, Pacheco und Gibbs beweisen, dass NFL-RBs immer noch Wert haben

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It has always been nonsense to say that running backs have no value, but because bad teams believe that a ground game would compensate for their trash quarterback and shoddy offensive line, the stereotype is further reinforced. So, if an NFC South team signs Derrick Henry, Josh Jacobs, or Saquon Barkley this offseason, I do not want to hear that it is a waste of team resources.

Bijan Robinson couldn’t save Art Smith’s job, and the same went for Christian McCaffrey with Matt Rhule. However, the latter of the two was a true MVP candidate last year and brought the 49ers so close to a Lombardi Trophy, only to be thwarted by Kyle Shanahan’s chokehold. A great running back elevates a good offense to greatness and a great offense to productivity.

So, as big names like Henry, Barkley, Jacobs, and Austin Ekeler hit the free market, there is an opportunity for a few bold franchise teams to – wait for it – repay. For Jerry Jones, this is not an invitation to critique his favorite pastime, but teams with the expertise and players to truly exploit a star ball carrier should not shy away from the risk.

Look at what David Montgomery and Jaymyr Gibbs have done for the Lions this season after people had given up on the former Bear and said they reached for the Alabama product in the first round. If Robinson had gone to the Dolphins or Bills, his entire rookie season would have played out differently.

Jacobs, Barkley, and Henry were asked to carry their respective offenses, which, as McCaffrey will likely tell you, is really tough and even tougher to sustain. Isaiah Pacheco would break his back if he had to carry the ball 30 times a game, but if he compliments Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce, suddenly Kansas City is a multidimensional monster that can win in the cold and on the road.

While Shanahan and Mike McDaniel can make any pickup look like an All-Pro with chicken wire, there is still a difference between Raheem Mostert and McCaffrey. Imagine how good the Bengals could be if they knew how to coach an offensive line and elevate Joe Mixon.

Baltimore tried to bring a purebred like JK Dobbins behind Lamar Jackson, it just didn’t work out due to an injury, but that doesn’t mean it should never be tried again. The Ravens have so much speed all over that a great defender could be left in the dust every damn week.

The Chargers plan to test Ekeler’s free hand, although new OC Greg Roman says they will help Justin Herbert by running the ball. Assuming Jim Harbaugh can banish Dean Spanos from the locker room, they might want to keep Ekeler or replace him with the running back free agent who is most desperate.

My caveat, however, is that there are not many teams equipped with the infrastructure to maximize talent from all over. It’s a bit like the Raiders routinely ruining receivers‘ primes because they believe a big threat will offset QB deficiencies and franchise mismanagement. That doesn’t mean Randy Moss is garbage or has no value. The Cowboys once overpaid Ezekiel Elliott and now no franchise should ever pay a running back again?

If your thought process is that short-sighted, you shouldn’t be running an NFL franchise. An organization needs so many things before it should even consider buying a high-end running back. A $1,500 purse won’t save a $2 outfit, and nobody wants whipped cream on a bowl of vanilla ice cream. But placed in the right time and place? That can make a big difference.

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