Originally posted by krizay:Originally posted by dj43:
Any team that wants to go deep into the playoffs MUST have depth at RB, and that depth needs to offer a change-of-pace guy.
I love Gore but if he goes down, this offense turns south. Therefore it isn't about what Frank thinks, it is about what is best for the team. Spiller sounds like the kind of matchup back that requires other teams account for him. That will helps Gore, and the rest of the offense.
As to drafting slots, it is a given that one of those first two picks must be a guy who can play RT. While Williams might be that guy, it is not out of the realm of possibility that they get a LT and move Staley back to RT.
Lots of possibilities but a team can never be short on RBs if they want to win consistently. So 13 or 17, Spiller sounds like a very good option. A matchup back doesn't have to be big, he just has to be a threat to break one. Spiller is that kind of guy.
09 Colts last in rushing. made superbowl
08 Cards last in rushing. made superbowl
If you want to be a running team. Yes you need depth at RB. It's only a MUST if that's what you want to be. 09 showed us that, that's not what we should try to be.
The Colts have Peyton Manning, the Cardinals had Kurt Warner. The Saints, who won in 2009, have a three-back corps, rather than a single back with a backup, and the Steelers who won in 2008 have a two-back corps. That Warner/Fitzgerald and Manning/whoever's-catching-a-Manning-pass were able to succeed without a strong running game, and therefore we don't need one either, is not a strong argument.