Even though the style of play in the NFL might be moving toward a devaluation of the running back, most teams would pay a king’s ransom to find a top-notch ball-carrier that could effectively move the ball on the ground while helping to open up the passing game just because of the threat of his running ability.
There are a handful of backs like that in the league right now. But who’s the best?
There were 15 players that eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in 2011, but only six of those scored more than nine touchdowns.
There were 19 players that carried the ball more than 200 times last season, but three of those didn’t average more than four yards per carry.
There are a lot of criteria to consider when labeling a running back the best in the league. Carries, yards and touchdowns are fantastic measuring sticks, but also considered should be blocking, receiving skills, durability and intelligence.
Lead NFC North blogger Andrew Garda and I debate the merits of two running backs we feel should be at the top of the list. The question is, will either of us name a ball-carrier from the division we cover?
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