NFL Power Rankings: The 10 Biggest RB Disappointments This Season

Brian DiTullioSenior Writer IJanuary 11, 2011

NFL Power Rankings: The 10 Biggest RB Disappointments This Season

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    NFL power rankings are an interesting creature to feed and maintain. You can power rank anything, and so today we'll be looking at running backs

    There are a handful of running backs who just didn't perform as well as expected. Some of these running backs still put up decent numbers, but when you look at it in the bigger picture and compare it to expectations, these guys just didn't perform.

    Injuries are taken into account here, but even with injuries, you have to look at how the running back performed while he was on the field.

    So here are the running backs who just didn't perform as expected.

10. Ryan Torain

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    Ryan Torain played in only 10 games this season, but with Clinton Portis gone for much of the season, Torain didn't have overwhelming numbers.

    Torain averaged 4.5 yards per carry, which isn't bad, but he had trouble finding the end zone, only four touchdowns and 742 yards over 10 games shows the Redskins weren't focusing on the running game.

    Given all of the Redskins problems on offense, Torain admittedly isn't the big one. Torain played well enough that he could be the lead running back for the team next year, but when Portis was gone, you need your backup to be able to be just as good.

9. Marshawn Lynch

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    Marshawn Lynch? After last week?

    Well, yes. We're not talking about the playoffs here, we're talking about the regular season.

    Prior to Lynch's beautiful performance against the Saints on Wild Card Weekend, he had been a bit of disappointment for Seattle.

    On the season, Lynch had 202 carries for only 737 yards. That averaged out to only 3.6 yards per carry, and he only had six touchdowns.

    Lynch lost three fumbles on the year, and combined with the other offensive woes, Lynch wasn't living up to the high hopes Seattle had for him when they traded for him.

    That all changed in the playoffs, though, so we'll see where Lynch stands after next season.

8. Ronnie Brown

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    The Dolphins thought they were going to have this great two-headed running attack with Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams coming out of the backfield.

    As the backup, Williams pretty much lived up to his designated role with 673 yards, averaging 4.2 yards per carry.

    But Brown failed to break the 1,000 yard mark, running for only 734 yards, averaging less than four yards per carry and only scoring five touchdowns on the year.

    Now 29 years old, the Dolphins have to question whether he's worth keeping going into the 2011 season.

7. Jerome Harrison

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    Jerome Harrison finished out the 2009 season in style, running for 561 yards in the last three games of the season and giving Browns fans hope they had a real running back going into the 2010 season.

    It turns out the Browns did have a real running back for the 2010 season, but his name was Peyton Hillis. Harrison barely appeared in the first few games of the season, and not doing much when he was on the field, before being traded to Philadelphia.

    Harrison had two good games with the Eagles, but spent most of the season watching LeSean McCoy do his thing.

6. Joseph Addai

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    Joseph Addai missed half the season with injuries, but his last two games at the end of the season really weren't that impressive, and even his playoff performance was forgettable.

    But we're just looking at the regular season, and in his eight games, Addai only ran for 497 yards and four touchdowns. He averaged 4.2 yards per carry, which is good, but it's obvious with only 23 touches in the last two games that the Colts just didn't trust Addai to be "Joseph Addai."

6. Jonathan Stewart

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    While Stewart averaged 4.3 yards per carry, he only had 178 touches for 770 yards and two touchdowns.

    The Panthers were disappointing in just about every aspect of the game, and the running game was just one of the many things that didn't go right in 2010.

4. Jahvid Best

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    Jahvid Best may be a rookie, but with Matthew Stafford going down due to injury, Best had some real opportunity to make a significant impact on the team.

    In 16 games though, Best only ran for 555 yards, averaged 3.2 yards per carry, and only scored four touchdowns.

    Not bad for a rookie backup running back, but you want to see more out of a starting running back no matter what his experience is.

3. The New Orleans Saints

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    Reggie Bush is the poster child for the Saints running game, so he gets the picture.

    Overall, there's nothing in the Saints running game this year anyone would be overly happy about. Between injuries and bad scheming, the Saints just didn't really ever get their ground game going.

    You can't blame this on one guy, it was a total failure of the entire backfield. The Saints ranked 28th in the league in rushing, and they were a playoff team.

2. Knowshon Moreno

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    In 13 games, Knowshon Moreno failed to run for even 800 yards and he only saw the end zone five times.

    The Broncos running game was famously non-existant for most of the season, and Moreno's lack of production is one of the big reasons why.

1. Chris Johnson

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    Chris Johnson ran for more than 2,000 yards last year.

    This year, he ran for 1,364 yards, which isn't bad, but that's a huge dropoff from last season.

    In the last two weeks of the season, Johnson ran for 58 and 39 yards, respectively. He was held to 34 yards in Week 2, 53 yards in Week 4 and a whopping five yards in Week 12.

    F-I-V-E yards. And those weren't the only bad weeks Johnson had.

    While Vince Young's meltdown, injuries and some bad play on defense contributed to the Titans missing the playoffs, Johnson's failure to launch in several weeks of the season certainly didn't help.