Unimportant is not the right word. RBs simply do not have a lot of value at the moment, and that is being reflected in their current salaries. It is as plain as day.laughing at how some of you will try to justify how unimportant players that touch the ball 20-30x a game are.
laugh now, cry later... the elite athletes are going to run from playing RB, and it might as soon as now. the product on the field will suffer for it.
the nfl with no running game is the CFL.
You ask any GM in the league, "At what five positions do you need to have an elite player?", and I guarantee almost no one is saying RB.
The ability to run the ball has been devalued against a good passing game. Moving the ball through the air, especially with the newer rules, makes the passing game much more efficient and effective than running the ball. Most teams should probably be running less, unless you are getting more than 5 yards a pop.