Originally posted by GNielsen:
Miller has knocked a couple defenders on their asses and pancaked them a few times in his short career.
Leach is a beast. At 270, he's 20 lbs heavier than Miller, but Miller is 2 inches taller and a lot faster so he has much more value as an outlet receiver. I think with the size of the Niner offensive line, Miller is a much better fit.
Im not a Miller hater by any means. I love the kid and what Rathman has done with him over such a short time, I hope Red Beard turns into the next Rathman and is with us for the next decade! I also do not think the 9ers will pick up Leach and cut Miller all of a sudden, no way.
Lets look at this thing without our Scarlet and Gold colored glassed for a moment though.
Miller caught 11 balls for 83 yards in 2011 and 12 balls for 84 yards in 2012. Leach caught 21 for 143 in 2012. To say he's a better receiving threat is just not accurate. Both guys are not going to scare Defenses with their hands. The fullback position in general is just not used these days. There are more 3 WR sets, more 2 TE sets and less I formation in todays game. Hell, if you go to NFL.com and look for stats, Fullback isn't even listed! KR, PR, P, and FG K are though. Quick,,,,,name 10 Fullbacks??? Ill give you Leach, Miller and Michael Robinson to start.
Its a dying position and one that teams will fill cheaply, but don't for a minute think that Miller is better than Leach because he's "2in taller"? That the hell does that even matter for a FB? Having a low center of gravity is MORE beneficial to get under the defenders pads, not less. Miller is not a receiving option and doesn't get the ball in short yardage situations. So it boils down to one thing,,,,lead blocking. Anyone who says Miller is a better lead blocker than Leach needs to watch more football.