Originally posted by 49erfanatic:
I don't quite understand the rationale here. Kory sheets seemed to be that "change of pace" speed back that the 49ers really need. The others are all similar, and don't have the top-end speed to take it to the house on any given play. I love Gore and Coffee, but I would have kept Sheets over Michael Robinson. It would have been nice to have a home rune hitter like that on the team. It also surprised me that a team that wants to focus on running the football would only keep 4 running backs. I would like to have more depth than that.
1) You don't understand because you haven't paid attention to a single thing Sing has said about the RB position for the past six months. You want "change of pace" to mean a speed back that can get around the edge but goes down on first contact. As Sing has constantly explained, we wanted a RB who could spell Gore and move the chains on short yardage. That's what Sing said we wanted, and that's what we took in the 3rd round. You had to have been ignoring everything the team has said they wanted and who we drafted and when we drafted them in order to convince yourself that some kid with a limited skill-set who didn't even get drafted was what the team was talking about.
2) Michael Robinson is a special teams ace, special teams captain, and can serve as a HB, FB, H-Back, and QB in the wildcat. Kory Sheets can't play special teams, can't block in pass-pro, can't serve as a lead blocker, and is somewhat ineffective running up the middle because he goes down on first contact. 3rd string running backs rarely if ever touch the ball. To be a 3rd string running back you have to contribute in other ways, which Sheets can't do. What's the point of having a guy on the team who can ONLY contribute with the ball in his hands when he's never ever going to have the ball in his hands? It's a waste of a roster spot. Robinson on other hand, contributes in MANY ways to Sheet's zero ways.
3) As for only having 4 RBs, two things:
a) we're probably looking for a FB to pick up off waivers right now.
b) even if we're not, this is yet another reason why it's great to have Robinson on the team. We have a backup FB and 3rd string RB that only requires 1 roster spot. Thank god we have Robinson who allows us to carry a 6th WR, extra LB, extra DB, or some other position. We not only get another player at another position, but we also get somebody else at that other position who will probably be good as a first stringer on special teams who we wouldn't otherwise have.