In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
In response to rkarp's comment:
I don't get the Benny watch nor the Benny criticism? Benny played well here, well enough to earn a contract that set him up for life, with a playoff team. The Pats decided not to match, feeling they had better and less expensive alternatives. This is not Benny's fault, nor does it detract from how he played nor carried himself as a true professional in a Pats uniform.
I am sure the Bengals are happy they have Benny, as are the Pats happy they are not paying that coin for a RB, with their current RBs playing well.
Based on all that has transpired, why does this deteriorate into criticism of Benny? He is one of the more humble, hard working and friendly players to pass thru the locker room, still having many, many friends in the area both on the team and in the media. Benny was and is a role model for players named Fletcher, Bolden, Tarpinian and Francis.
Nobody dislikes Benny. The reason this has taken on a life of its own is because last year a certain group of posters kept criticizing the coaches for not running the ball more with Benny and for subbing Woodhead for Benny too much. Most of them claim that utilizing Benny in the Super Bowl more would have resulted in a win.
A lot of us (including me) said the coaches were using Benny about right given his skills and talents. Our thought is that Benny is a serviceable running back, a guy who will reliably get the yards that are available on a play, but who won't create a lot of yards on his own. I think the Pats used him fine last year and people just think they should have utilized him more because (1) they don't realize how much they really did use him and (2) they forget that a lot of times they did use him, he got short gains, which means they had to go back to passing. They weren't necessarily ignoring Benny, they were just finding themselves in too many situations where handing the ball to Benny didn't make much sense.
The Benny watch was created to see if Benny's performance in Cincy would prove which group of posters was right about how Benny was utilized (or not ultilized) in New England. I think it's inconclusive, because Cincy is a different team. Benny, though, continues to average less than 4 yards a carry, which seems to confirm that he's not a guy who is going to create a lot of yards on his own and therefore will never be a guy who you can build game plans around. He's a complementarty player, not a guy you highlight.
Don't forget the part where that certain group came rushing in after Benny had a decent start to the season to say, "I told you so". But when he started to suck, they vanished. I just thought we should make a special observance of his sucking as well as his successes.
It's like I said all along, Benny is a so so starter and a good backup.