Ravens RB Ray Rice, Short Running Backs, and Other Playoff Randomlings

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Ravens RB Ray Rice, Short Running Backs, and Other Playoff Randomlings
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Ravens~Colts

Ray Rice is one bad dude.

And to think one of the knocks on him coming out of Rutgers was that he carried such a big workload in college, like that was going to somehow make his 22-year-old legs too spent to warrant investing in.

Am I to understand this conclusion correctly?

I've never been able to get with that logic, a talent-evaluating standard in the NFL, nor can I understand its twin misnomer—that smaller stature running backs cannot be every-down backs. What a joke!

Some of the best running backs in the history of the game—Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, and Emmitt Smith to name a few—were shorter than every-down backs also, apparently.

These types of things have been said for decades, and people still nod along in agreement today even though they have been repeatedly proven to be false.

As an every-down back this season Rice has amassed 2,041 total yards, with a "yeah this kid is special" sheen. He averages five yards per carry on 361 career regular season attempts.

I don't think his heavy college workload or his lower profile have effected him much, do you?

You know what else gets me (speaking of lower profile running beasts who are virtually identical in size)? When people call Maurice Jones-Drew small.

You have to hear, "wow for a small guy he can really..." A 210-lb brick house that knocks over 350-lb D linemen is small? No—MJD is short , but he is not small.

Man come to think of it, there are a ton of low profile bad a$%es these days.

Ahmad Bradshaw, DeAngelo Williams, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Justin Forsett, Darren Sproles, Steve Slaton, Leon Washington, and Jerome Harrison are all 5'9" or under and I don't think they mind so much.

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I am wondering if it is rookie RB Donald Brown's time to step forward and make some big plays for the Colts? They were getting him more heavily involved earlier this season until injuries crept up on him.

He is totally healthy now and they may rely on him for some unexpected firepower.

 

Jets~Chargers

Shonn Greene reminds me of Michael Turner and looks primed to take over as the No. 1 ball carrier next season. Thomas Jones is 31 after all.

Of course the Jets will also get Leon Washington back hopefully, and I am high on Danny Woodhead .

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I didn't give LT much slack earlier in this season, essentially calling him all washed up , but he has looked better as the year has gone on.

If he runs with passion I bet his legs still have something left to give. Look how much younger Edgerrin James looked in the postseason for the Cardinals last season. I have to admit it would be really cool to see LaDainian Tomlinson go out with a Super Bowl ring.

 

Cowboys~Vikings

If Felix Jones had gotten 358 carries like the Titans' Chris Johnson did this year, he may have rushed for 2,112 yards, as his clip per carry is .3 yards higher.

I just think after a small sample size of Felix Jones, that he is ready to become a superstar.

Remember those rumblings at the 2008 draft about how Felix might be actually a better pro prospect than Darren McFadden? I scoffed, "Ha! No way."

Now, whoever said that is feeling like a genius.

It wasn't me, because you know I would claim it if it were my incredible foresight.

The thing that really gets me is that Jones runs strong but he bench rep'd less than my Grandmother at the combine. How is that possible?

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O.K. Brett Favre. I was a big fan of yours until your Green Bay Packer career ended and all the reality TV nonsense started , but I admit you have entertained us all with your awesome year.

We'll see how much you really have left this weekend. Win, and continue the legacy. Lose, and it will mark the second failed comeback in consecutive years.

 

Cardinals~Saints

Are people really still questioning whether Kurt Warner should be a Hall of Famer or not? If you saw his last appearance, I don't see how there can be any question that he is a lock.

Mark my words—there will be a movie made about this guy's success story. Absolutely legendary and amazing.

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I am eager to see how the Saints' additional rest aids them in their matchup with the juggernaut Cardinals. If they are crisp it could be a long day for Arizona.

We've seen what master surgeon Dr. Brees is capable of, and for some reason the Cardinals like to play swiss cheese rush three, then drop 18 defensive backs for "cover no one" zone especially when they have a big lead that they would prefer to relinquish.

This article also appears on Undrafteds.com

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