Re: Benny Watch - 2013
posted at 4/29/2013 7:33 PM EDT
In response to BabeParilli's comment:
Carrying the ball 300 times is a PRIVILEGE. Most NFL backs would give up their firstborn for that many carries.
You are correct that it is a privilege, but not the kind that you claim. Here is an article where BB himself addresses the issue:
The NFL has really been geared toward the passing game in recent seasons, and the Patriots are right toward the top of that list of the league's best through the air.
With that in mind, Bill Belichick was asked today if he thinks 320-carry running backs are a thing of the past. Belichick gave a great response.
"I'm for whatever helps us win," Belichick said with a degree of deliberation. "If it's 500 quarterback sneaks, if that's the best thing for us, I'm all for it. If that's the best thing we can do to win, sign me up for it."
Of course, the topic switched gears to Corey Dillon, whose outstanding season in 2004 included 345 carries, 1,635 yards and 12 touchdowns. Since then, BenJarvus Green-Ellis (229 carries in 2010) and Dillon (209 carries in an injury-shortened 2005) are the only Patriots backs to eclipse 200 carries.
To put it in a league perspective, Maurice Jones-Drew (343 carries) and Michael Turner (301) were the only backs to surpass 300 rushes in 2011. Nine players did it in 2004.
Belichick again stressed he isn't against a heavy workload for any running back, but they've got to earn it.
"Corey Dillon was good enough to do it," Belichick said. "If the Corey Dillon of 2004 was on this roster, I'm sure he'd get it 300 times, too. I have not seen Corey out there lately."
What are the attributes of a running back who could get the ball 300 times? Belichick was straightforward with that one, too.
"Production," he said. "If he's productive, we'll give him a chance."