PDaDdy, on 30 March 2012 - 11:17 AM, said:
The entire game is based on speed. You have to be fast enough at your position to be effective. FJ is fast enough but we get slower with every passing day. His game IS built on being a smart veteran do it all RB who also runs very physically. That is not usually a recipe for longevity. Not saying he is just a bruiser because he has plenty of moves and sets up his o-line well...but Fred brings plenty of thump to get those yards when he needs it.
I really just find it amazing that people are so willing to discount Spiller's performance when the team had no other choice with it's best lineman our center going down and wild cat QBs and guys off the street playing WR. I am befuddled that people could even suggest getting rid of a 24 year old for a 31 year old.
I understand people's heart are with Fred but as a GM that is a dumb, Dumb, DUMB decision! Thinking FJ is going to produce like last year ever again is likely a fantasy. RB rarely repeat that kind of performance and doing so over the age of 30 would likely be unprecedented. Him doing it for 2, 3 or more years at 32, 33, 34+? Wake the hell up!
He would be the biggest freak of nature ever to play the RB position in the history of the NFL.
I'm saying that in your response to NewEra's post, you may have misread his point:
Fred's style isn't based on speed. It's based on instinct, smarts and toughness. 3 characteristics that age doesn't really hamper.
Now my point of view. The whole premise for this thread is ridiculous, and most savvy fans have realized it. Who would get rid of Spiller? Certainly not me. Good thing we don't have to. That being said, Fred was unbelievable last year, and if we're going on last years performance, he is better than Spiller right now. However, that does not mean that Spiller did not impress, it just means that Fred was incredible.
I think Fred should get more carries than CJ at the beginning of this season because: 1) Fred is probably still an excellent back and 2) it keeps Spiller healthy/fresh for when his time comes. The nice thing is, we're not locked into these proportions, and if Fred has drastically faded after his injury, then we can simply play CJ more. \\
Again, it's only the strawman that wants to get rid of CJ in favor of keeping Fred. The odd hypothetical suggested by this thread doesn't mean people would like to see CJ go.