Did C Portis ruin it for T Bell in Denver? 5.3 yards per carry and not the starter? He looked too good last year to be regulated to virtually 3rd string status especially if hes healthy. This just doesn't make sense.
As the entire Denver Broncos organization has said year after year after year, the 5 yard runs are far more important than the 60 yard runs. Denver's offense is about sustaining drives, not hitting the home run and then going 3 and out. Denver's offense is a much better fit for a guy with a 4.5 yard per carry and low standard deviation than a guy with a 5.3 yard per carry and a high standard deviation. That's just how it works.Seriously, this is how you predict every time who is going to be more successful in the Denver backfield. You look at all the guys in the backfield, and you predict who will get the most 5 yard runs. That guy is going to be "the guy". Simple.
Also, Gibbs' blocking scheme favors between-the-tackle runners.
IMO nearly EVERYBODY is overrating the DEN RBs.
Still good, but DEN is on the downhill from it's dominant rushing attack. Is it any wonder that ATL led the NFL in rushing last year? Of course you can argue that Vick had a lot to do with that and I wouldn't disagree... has anyone but me noticed how much ATL's O-line is beginning to look like the DEN O-line of recent memory? Down to the LEG WHIPS! Does this have anything to do w/ little Gibbs leaving DEN to join ATL's staff? I see the line (on both sides of the ball) being the single biggest contrubutor to an offenses (or defenses) effectiveness. O-line coach from DEN to ATL.
Dynasty guys, now is the time to get you $'s worth from your DEN RBs.
First off, Denver's offensive line doesn't do leg whips. That was the 49ers offensive line during their dynasty years. Denver's offensive line cut blocks. Get your offensive line biases straight.Second, Denver didn't lead the league in rushing last season. You're absolutely correct. Actually, they were 4th in rushing yardage. Clearly they're no longer an elite rushing offense. Quick guys, go out and draft the 28 offenses that Denver outrushed last year ahead of them!
Let's be serious here. Denver turned their 5th string RB into the #14 fantasy rusher last season- although he only played 12 games. They've still got it. Trust me.
Also, Gibbs hasn't been Denver's O-line coach since 2000. Just a little bit of information that a lot of people seem to overlook.
Seriously, here's a link to Yudkin's article about RB productivity by team: http://www.footballguys.com/05yudkin_rbproduction.htm
Over the last 3 seasons, Denver has been 2nd in carries, 2nd in touches, 1st in rush yards, 3rd in total yards, 2nd in TDs, 3rd in fantasy points, 4th in fantasy points per touch. Yes, this is clearly a rushing situation to steer clear of.