Calling The Shots: Justin Forsett's Real Value

Sam WoodsCorrespondent IFebruary 17, 2010

SEATTLE - JANUARY 03:  Running back Justin Forsett #20 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after a long run against the Tennessee Titans on January 3, 2010 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. The Titans defeated the Seahawks 17-13. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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First things first: I do not want to put down Justin Forsett or his accomplishments.

In fact, I think he could be a very solid and effective back in a zone blocking or similar system.

J-Force is a solid piece to the offensive puzzle. He runs the screens and off tackle stretch plays like a natural, and he takes care of the ball. He can, and is willing to lower his shoulder to gain that extra yard. He's a scrappy player that does more with less.

He is an absolute perfect fit for Alex Gibbs' zone blocking system.

Backs in this system must put paramount importance in vision, instincts, patience and one cut running ability. The back must have trust in his system, realizing that constant 4-5 yard gains are better than one 76 yard run and a bunch of plays for no gain.

Justin Forsett gets knocked for his average-below average speed. True, he has almost no third gear, but he really doesn't need to.

The Zone Blocking system is all about medians, not averages. In other words, we will sacrifice the big plays, in order to have no negative plays. A back's ability to grind it out for a whole game and always gaining at least a few yards, is more valuable than a back's ability to hit the home run.

Justin Forsett is more quick and shifty than he is fast, and in a zone blocking system, that's just fine.

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So what have we learned? The Zone Blocking system requires a patient running back with grit and want-to, but has below average straight-line speed and will have to share the load most of the time.

Justin Forsett is that type of back yes, but take a look at the bottom rounds of the draft, castaway free agents, and various practice squads.

The fact is, there are tons of Justin Forsett's.

Zone Blocking lives or dies by the lineman, tight ends and fullbacks. If the guys up front are not extremely close and think, react and block as a unit, then the system dies.

If the guys up front carry out their responsibilities, and back carries out his responsibilities, then the running back's stats pile up, as well as wins.

We need lineman before skill position players. Good teams find undervalued skill position players. Good teams put Mike Iupati ahead of CJ Spiller in their draft boards. If Spiller falls into the second, then yes take him. But good teams don't overspend for skill position players.

No running back is worth taking in the top 15 except in very special cases.

It comes down to this. Finding a 5'11" man is easier than finding a 6'6" man. There are just more of them out there.

Running is a simple task, anyone can do it. Moving something of your own size and strength somewhere besides backwards while its fighting back isn't so simple. The same goes for football. It really isn't much different than that.

Forgive me if I went a little astray, but I'm trying to prove a point, and I've never been a good writer.

Justin Forsett is a product of the zone system. There are many of his kind out there, whether you want to believe it or not.

I do not believe he can carry the weight of a Super Bowl offense on his shoulders, and I do not believe the Seahawks have to build around him to be successful or bend over backwards in order to keep him in Seattle.

Quick Note- Sean Weatherspoon

Sean Weatherspoon is weakside linebacker out of Missouri. In my opinion, he is Aaron Curry and more. Really.

From what little I know about him mechanically, he is a sound tackler, a playmaker and extremely fast and athletic. He is rarely out with injury and does almost everything well.

With all young players, he can play a little out of control and can sometimes over pursue, taking himself out of the play. He also needs to improve his hand use.

What I do know for sure is that he possess the intangibles that Seattle's defense sorely lacks.

He's a vocal leader who also brings fun to the game, to a defense and city. He'll definitely be adored by the fanbase and players in whatever city he goes to, and there's no doubt about that.

It's just a quick thought but how about:

Atlanta gets: No. 14 pick, Aaron Curry,

Seattle gets: Atlanta 1st rounder (19 or 20, for Weatherspoon), 2010 3rd round pick, 2011 2nd and 4th

Ponder it.

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