I think that the recent posts point to the fact that CFL HBs tend not to break down in as a pronounced way as NFL HBs do. Obviously injury history impacts each individual case, but we are not talking 300+-carry seasons as has often been the case with teams down south with a featured back. Today, most NFL teams feature two or more backs in a rotation.
Fred Reid "only" got up to 238 carries to lead the CFL in 2009 (Cobb had 216) -- compare that to Chris Johnson's 358 carries playing a 16-game season in the States...it points to the emphasis on the passing game up north. As a result, I do believe that you can see more thirtysomething running backs in the CFL being productive compared to their counterparts in the NFL. The recent line of prominent halfbacks in the NFL in that age range (Alexander, James, now Tomlinson) who get broken down, drop in productivity, and get released is a pointer to the cost of a greater focus on the running game in the NFL with the bigger bodies, tighter OL splits, and tendency to pound inside the box more than the CFL IMHO.
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The window for running backs to be impact players in their thirties is narrow in both leagues. If Keith is fit to play and factors into the Cats' plans in 2010, I see no reason why he can't play a role as a complement to DeAndra' Cobb. Our offensive depth is a strength.
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