An "end of season" poll
While I'm sure if you'd ask anyone if Whitaker is a better back than Cobourne, you'd get a simple: yes.
But asked another way the question gets a bit more complicated.
We all know running backs have multiple personalities
But when it comes to appraising them, most think exclusively about the yards.
So I've separated the issue into several categories.
Granted, at 1st look it's skewed to Cobourne's strengths
But to be fair, the question is whether Whitaker has adequately replaced Cobourne
So it's fair to judge one by what the other brought to the team
If anyone has other suggestions I'm sure they'll mention it.
Here's how I see it:
This one goes to Cobourne...hands down.
While Whitaker seems like a personable guy, he's pretty much invisible personality-wise
On the field and off.
That's not a knock against him necessarily.
It's just you could always count on Avon to lead with his mouth, and then back it up.
Especially in the post-season.
I'm sure Hamilton is looking forward to that playoff spark next weekend.
I guess we'll see how that turns out.
- Running Ability
Like most...I'll give this to Whitaker
Cobourne has had some mammoth games for us in the past
But Whitaker's vision and acceleration are superb...a revelation.
- Medium to Short Yardage
Goal line offense....getting that crucial 2-3 yards to keep the drive alive
Or just a change-up from McPherson on 1-yarders to keep the defense honest
It's been an issue this year...cost us some games
Cobourne led the league in touchdowns with us
His combination of grit, effort and temperament made him a force on short yardage
Cobourne gets it...hands down
- Catching the ball
Avon Cobourne was a serious threat to be a 1000-1000 back 2 years ago
Whitaker has shown great hands
And his extra speed makes him a bit more of a threat for more than a checkdown
Still...Cobourne has to be considered among the best in the business
With Whitaker improving every game
I call it even
(although I'm not sure how I'll vote)
Speaking of "best in the business"
You don't get much better than Avon Cobourne at protecting the pivot
Or running interference in a sweep.
Whitaker has surprised in this area...don't get me wrong
But he's got a way to go before he excels
So there's my tally:
Cobourne gets it 3-1-1
I'm not knocking Whitaker...
And he's got plenty of room for growth
But Cobourne is the better all-round back
Despite getting gyped of 1,000 yard season (again)
While every other team made every effort to get their guys to 1,000
I know it's a compliment in a relatively meaningless game
To sit him because he's killer in the playoffs
Just hope t doesn't affect Avon's bonus situation.