after I re-read my post, I realized how garbled some of it was (was trying to bang it out quickly)
lets assume westbrook is a thousand yard back. He had 800 rush yards and basically missed 3 games -- so I think it is a fair assumption. If we figure SA at 1600 rushing, 1800 total, basically the Eagles would be paying that much for 600 rush yards more, and only 300 total yards more. I don't think it makes sense. You supplement Alexander with someone -- you don't make him a suppliment. so then you start him. Ok fair enough. But then you lose a very dynamic part of your O in westbrook. I think Westbrook is too good to only be a 3rd down back -- he needs to be on the field.
So essentially given the eagles philosphy -- you are paying the premium for a guy who could be featured in a heavy running offense. if you figure at best, he would split with Westbrook 50 50 and you gave it 35 rushes a game (something that is unlikely) -- you are paying a 30 rush guy full money for half the work. It makes no sense. And really, the eagles only need someone who can 37 rush yards a game to get to alexander levels.
I think it is a pipe dream, and a waste of money. The cancer thing can be overrated -- Owens, Dillon -- but they filled gaping holes, they weren't brought in to be icing.
wehn yout hink about the "threeagle" attack of two years ago -- duce, westbrook and buckhalter combined to be one hell of a nice RB. I bet they could duplicate that with a second-tier guy like atrain, davenport or someone like that.
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