Stats are stats, but you have to parse them properly to put them in the right context. What the stats tell me is that he's great at breaking open big runs every once in a while, but lousy at churning out the 5-yard gains you need to move the sticks. For every time he busts a big play, he's part of why five or six other drives stall and you have to punt. If you think your running back is going to bust 90-yard TD drives every game, you have, with no offense intended, a very naive idea of how the season is going to play out. You gain success in this league at the tailback position by being a workhorse, being good for 4-6 yards on the ground on a regular basis, protecting your quarterback, not dashing for 90 yards and the end zone once and then getting stuffed at the LOS the remainder of the time.
His strengths are running with the ball....and breaking long runs for touchdowns....and leading the league in so many categories that you'd have to be crazy to use him less.....using him MORE is what's needed....so far he has been the Ticats MOP and maybe the league's MOP too......its absolutely crazy to suggest playing him less.....
At least the coaching staff agree with me.....and again....Chevy must read some of these posts and wonder what a guy has to do....!
What a guy has to do? Perhaps get acquainted with something called 'blocking'. It's how you keep your QB upright. That's for starters. Then learn how to grind out those hard yards in the trenches, those four, five, and six-yard gains that aren't flashy, but that give your team a fresh set of downs, keep your offense in rhythm, and allow your defense some time to recharge on the bench, while wearing down the other team. With Burris still adjusting to the team / system, Giguere hurt, and a patchwork O-line, it's imperative that the Cats add some consistency to the ground game.