Spin Doctor wrote:I don't get where you're thinking that we're stacked at RB. Dallas and Homer are role players, they are both decidedly mediocre as runners. Dallas is really good catching the ball and running routes, and Homer is a good pass blocking specialist. As pure runners they are nothing special, if not a liability at times. They are NOT the future.
Penny on the other hand is an enigma. He's been consistently inconsistent, and he still seemed to have a hard time with the basic procedural stuff. He had a few really good games, but it seems with Penny that often times it's one step forward, one step back. To add to this, Penny has an even worse track record of staying healthy than even Carson has. I don't think this guy can be relied on, and he has yet to show that he is a complete runner.
Carson is really the only guy that can do it all. He is decisive and he makes the players around him better. I suspect we'll be able to get Carson for pennies on the dollar due to his health history.
Even so, I don't think that our backfield is in a good spot even with Carson, just due to none of our players being able to stay healthy. I think we're probably looking at the possibility of another back in the draft.
I'm not saying we're stacked in the RB department, in terms of talent (especially without CC). But they've certainly been stacking them up for usage these past 4 games. The reason why I'm speculating that the usage seems to be more like auditoning, because if they were just filling in the hole that CC's and Hyde's injuries cause, I feel like they would have just went with DJ Dallas and Homer. Here's how it went:
vs SF: Dallas.
vs Buffalo: Dallas, and Homer.
vs LA Rams: Collins
vs AZ: Hyde and Scarborough
There doesn't seem to be any talk of re-signing Hyde after this season. So if CC doesn't get re-signed, Penny is really the only one who is in the position to be a feature back, unless we get one through free agency, or draft one. Penny could and should be a star, if he can stay healthy. Everyone including the staff would love to have Carson back, but it sure seems like they're taking a serious look at the possibility of not having him for next season.