Re: Why cut woodhead?
posted at 1/7/2014 1:22 AM EST
In response to ccnsd's comment:
In response to TrueChamp's comment:
Maybe it had to do with Woodys post season production in the running game...
14 carries for 46 yards against the jets in 2010
7 carries for 18 yards against the giants in the SB
6 carries for 18 yards against baltimore in the afc game
and his best game 4 carries for 25 yards in the denver blow out.
He does well given opportunity coming out of the back field but Vareen is clearly a more dynamic receiving back. Vareen can also run between the tackles. I disagree with pats eng assesment that we should have kept both. Vareen will make 600k this year where woody would have made 2.5 million to back him up? Doesn't make sense.
I am glad he has a pretty big role in S.D and nobody has more heart then Woody, but he wasn't a safe player to invest in imo, not when you alread had a better version in Vareen!
And here are his playoff receiving numbers before being replaced by Vereen in 2013:
6-52, 4-25, 1-7, 4-42 1td (super bowl) = 15-126 1TD.
That averages out to 60 catches 504 yds and 4 tds for a full season against top flight competition. Pretty solid for a 3rd down back. He's making 3.5 mil for 2 years. Vereen is more talented but has trouble staying on the field. Letting Woodhead go and signing Washington was a mistake. Pretty impossible to say otherwise with a straight face.
That was my point. Vareen is a better pass catching back with woody, actually Vareen is better in every facet of the game then woody other then health...so far.
I know woody just came off of 70 plus catches. I still would rather have Vareen and it isn't close. In 8 games Vaeen had 47 catches 427 yards and 4 tds, with 208 rushing yards at 4.7. In a 16 game season, that comes out to 94 receptions, 850 receiving yards, 8 tds with another 400 rushing ant 2 more tds...in his 1st year as a starting 3rd down running back. WOW.
Btw, those 94 receptions in his 1st year starting as a split time RB would have been 6 less then woodhead had in his entire 4 year Patriot career. Plus, considering we were 9th in the league in rushing, at 4.4 ypc, and the chargers averaged 4.0 ypc. I guess this running back core did pretty damn good without him.
So unless you are one of these guys who think BB's is a bad GM because he drafts guys that break their hands, or tear acl's like Gronk, or murder people like Hernandez then you know that keeping Vareen at 600k over giving woodhead a new contract at 3.5 mill to be a back up certainly was not a mistake.