Who Said Being a "Running Back" Was Easy?

Don AbrahamContributor INovember 24, 2009

HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 23:  Running Back Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans carries the ball against safety Eugene Wilson #26 of the Houston Texans on November 23, 2009  at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.  The Titans won 20-17.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The last time I checked, running backs had the shortest career span compared to any other position in the NFL. Many people take the running back position for granted. However you cannot win a Super Bowl without a good running game, whereas you can win a Super Bowl with a poor passing game.

Many chatters are rumbling about who should be the MVP of the league this year. Hands down it belongs to Peyton Manning if the Indianapolis Colts stay on track. Brett Favre and Drew Brees have been mentioned as potential award winners, but I disagree.

Brett Favre is having a tremendous season and is the best 40 year old athlete I have seen since Jerry Rice. However, its not difficult to throw the ball down the field with Adrian Peterson totting the rock. If you take Brett Favre off the Vikings their still a 10-6 team that would win the NFC Central.

If you take Adrian Peterson off the Vikings and keep Brett Favre, the Vikings at best are a 8-8 team. Why isn't there any talk about Adrian Peterson for MVP? Maybe cause us NFL fans take the running back position for granted. The running game controls the complete pace of a football game and without one your screwed on both sides of the ball.

If you have a good running game it helps you control the clock and keeps your defense fresh, and the opposing offense rusty. Running backs like Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson only come along once each decade. By the grace of GOD  we have been blessed with two.

Many football media pundits assume that being a running back is a walk in the park. It may not require the mental components that quartebacking does, but it sure takes a hell of a man to run the ball full speed 20 plus carries with freakish athletes lunging at you at full speed.

Half the running backs that fail to have successful careers in the NFL, fail cause they dont have the guts to carry the ball 20 times up the hole and say hello to the likes of Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher, and Albert Haynesworth on a regular basis.

What Adrian Peterson has done for the Minnesota Vikings franchise is remarkable, he has  the whole team, and Brad Childress coaching career on his back and have taken them to the promise land.

Drew Bress is my favorite quarterback and play for my favorite team, "The Nawlins Saints". However, Drew Brees is doing nothing different this year, his stats are almost identical to what they were the two previous seasons. The only difference is that Drew Brees finally being recognized, because the Saints are winning.

The Saints are winning on both sides of the ball, primarily due to the success of Mike Bell and Pierre Thomas, a duel running back combination, that has lifted the Saints running game from being 28th  to 5th in the league.

The Saints running game has punsihed opposing defenses in many different forms, from the inside to the outside. The Saints defense has improved as well and they lead the league in takeaways. The running game in New Orleans is the primary reason the Saints are 10-0.

Nonetheless, every NFL front office executive need to slap themselves in the face for letting Chris Johnson slip to pick 24 in the 2008 NFL Draft. This kid ran a 4.25 40 yard dash, the fastest time ever clocked at a  NFL scouting combines. The numbers Chris Johnson are putting up in Tennessee are ridiculous.

Chris Johnson is on track to break Eric Dickerson single season rushing record, and has rushed for 150 or more yards in 5 straight weeks, he also remains a credible threat in the passing game coming out the backfield.

Chris Johnson is currently averaging 6.2 yards per carry, only two other running backs in NFL history have averaged more than 6.2 yards per carry since 1967.

If the Tennessee Titans run the table and make the playoffs at 10-6 or 9-7; undoubtedly Chris Johnson, beats out Peyton Manning for MVP. His value to his team cannot be overstated.