Well, there is some sense in seeing Whitaker as having the "inside" track, at least for the moment. Of all the possible RBs, he is the only one to know the complex schemes. Cobb has definitely shown some flashes of brilliance, but needs to be coached how to hit the hole running downhill. Doing the boogaloo in the backfield is precisely what a LB is looking for! If he somehow can get over that, he might be one to watch; otherwise... Bernard has also shown flashes of brilliance, but doesn't have the playing time other RBs do; he also needs to be coached. As for Green - great play once upon a time, but what does he have left?
The main thing, from my point of view, is RB "smarts", that is, how to pick up the block for AC (he is going for that record, let there be no doubt about that!), learning to be an outlet, how to run a screen, a draw, having split-second decision making, where the lane is, be able to take a hit, avoid a hit, make players miss..... Added to this is aggressiveness, raw courage, and dogged determination. A RB is breed apart!
We saw that week in, week out, with little AC - big shoes to fill. I sincerely hope that the Als' coaching staff will mix in running plays; they have to balance the attack to make the passing game that more effective. One-dimensional teams don't make it to the GC. To have a chance at a three-peat, the Als need to spend some time with their RBs and integrate creative, timely running plays this season.
However, I also submit that running plays need to include the likes of Bratton, Carter, and even the WR. The occasional end-around, double-reverse... also keep the secondary guessing. When that is the case, the O scheme will be successful. From a fan point of view, this is also great football. I think we have the manpower to do it, so let's get it done, boys!
Go Als go!