The Value of the Running Back in Today’s NFL

The Value of the Running Back in Today’s NFL

NFL General Managers, NFL Players
It’s no secret the running back position is incredibly undervalued in the NFL. The fact that three of the most notable stars from the running back position have held out over the past two years (Le’Veon Bell, Ezekiel Elliot, and Melvin Gordon) proves that this isn’t just an isolated issue. While the Rams decided to pay their star runner, we are watching the Cowboys and Chargers drag their feet because of how hard it is to justify paying top dollar for the position. With that in mind, I felt like taking a closer look at the strategy of GMs and teams when it comes to the running back position. Why so Undervalued? Several factors have led to downward pressure on running backs’ salaries in recent years. The first and most…
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2014 Hall of Fame Class Serves as a Reminder of Approaches to Building Winners in the NFL

2014 Hall of Fame Class Serves as a Reminder of Approaches to Building Winners in the NFL

NFL Players
Seven Inductees, Seven Paths to Greatness   The NFL is a star-driven league. Yes, obscure players and career journeymen can leap to prominence at any time, like Chase Blackburn in SB XLVI. Blackburn, a seven-year NFL journeyman, was about to begin a second career as a math teacher in Ohio in 2011 before the Giants called mid-season to bring him back due to injuries to linebackers Michael Boley and Mark Herzlich. Two months later, he intercepted Tom Brady 50 yards downfield in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl in a (the?) pivotal play in the Giants’ 21-17 upset win. But Blackburn’s case is the exception, not the rule. Even the most successful NFL teams are made up mostly of mediocre players – journeymen, developmental young players, backups whose primary…
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