Either way, I got me a gripe. Marshawn f'ing Lynch? Yes, I realize how he went on to revitalize his career in Seattle. I am sure not much has changed. Maybe it is going unreported and Pete Carrol is a bit of a slouch on the toughness. He did coach at USC, after all. I do not think Marrone would take his crap, though. I would have still liked to had him on this team. Lynch and Jackson on this team and not Spiller. DE's Pierre-Paul, Brandon Graham, WR's Demaryius Thomas, even Dez Bryant were available and we needed DE's and WR's in 2010. We drafted Spiller. But, I'm glad he is here and I really like what he brings to the table.
This brings me to my biggest point. Fred Jackson. This guy is the most unappreciated player in the NFL. He has his fans, myself among them, who realize he is one of the top 5 most important backs in the league. Obviously, AP is #1. But, you know AP is going to run it down your throat every single time and you won't expect much else. He'll catch some and he might block now and then. Fred Jackson might not be as good as AP but he is more consistent on all levels contributing to his team more by being a much more well rounded player on a team that has more then one dynamic. Earlier in the off season I was mocked for saying Fred Jackson is better then Alfred Morris. I knew Morris was a byproduct of RGIII. RGIII is struggling this year and Alfred Morris is, too. Fred Jackson on that team might struggle, too. But, their stats are not that far off. Yes, I get there are 50 yards of difference but Morris does not split the carries like Jackson.
Morris: 72 carries, 377 yards, 3 TD's
Jackson: 75 carries, 344 yards, 4 TD's
Look at other backs on that top 15 list. Fred Jackson is number 16 in total rushing yards.
McCoy has 123 carries, 5.1 average gain
Lynch 138 carries, 4.2 average
Foster 117 carries, 4.5 average
Peterson 102 carrries, 4.7 average
Gore 103 carries, 4.6 average
Charles, 114 carries, 4.2 average
Forte 100 carries, 4.4 average
Murray 91 carries, 4.7 average
Martin 116 carries, 3.5 average
D. Williams 91 carries, 4.3average
Morris 72 carries, 5.2 average
Bush 78 carries, 4.8 average
Moreno 80 carries, 4.7 average
Powell 87 carries, 4.2 average
Spiller 84 carries, 4.2 yards
F. Jackson 75 carries, 4.6 average
It is pretty safe to assume if Jackson got more carries as was the single back on the team his average would go down. Ok, so lets say he gets a meager 4 yards per carry. Lets take the top 15 backs and average their carries that is roughly 100 carries. 100 carries for 4 yards a carry Fred Jackson has 400 yards and becomes the 10th best RB. Ok, that's still not good enough for me to convince anyone he's a top 5 back. I have no way to grade his blocking against other RB's, but I am sure we can all admit he COULD be among the top 5 blocking. That he COULD means you admit there is reason to continue this...
Receiving yards are different...
72. Joique Bell *yeah!
106. Pierre Thomas
That puts Jackson at 13th in catches for RB's.
(CJ Spiller has only 40 yards receiving from 11 catches).
Jackson has received 57% of the offensive snaps for the Bills @ 39 snaps. http://www.footballo...tats/snapcounts
That is 23rd most among RB's.
Charles - 60
Lacy - 59
Gore - 57
Forte - 57
Foster - 56
Moreno - 54
Bush - 52
Lynch - 51
Bernard - 50
McCoy - 50
C.Johnson - 50
McFadden - 49
MJD - 49
L.Bell - 47
Rice - 46
Martin - 45
D.Williams - 44
Helu - 43
Mathews - 40
Jackson - 39
That's 20th for Jackson. Look to the lists above...Jackson has had less playing time then almost all of those RB's and still contributed more. Those who have:
Forte is an all around stud back. He has the runs and the pass catching ability that makes him amazing. His blocking is average, from what I know.
McCoy is doing very well, too. From what I remember, he lacks in the pass blocking, though. He isn't lighting it up with the chances to perform, though, compared to others who are not as good as he is. 50 snaps.
Lynch, well we all know him. He's very good and average to above average pass protecting when he wants to do so. He has a ton of carries and lots of snaps,
Foster is pretty good all around, he's having a hard time blocking boneheaded Schuab in Houston, though. Not his fault, neccessarily. But, he has a lot more carries, and significantly more snaps.
AP only has 73 yards receiving. And, well, he's not a great blocker. He's still a better back because he runs so damn well. He also has less snaps then FJ - 37.
Well, anyway, you get the point.
There are a few players in the league who have had done more with less or on the same scale as Fred Jackson.
Oh, and there is also this, where Football Outsiders ranks him the 5th back in the league.
Edited by jboyst62, 18 October 2013 - 07:42 PM.