CBM wrote:Seriously Flux - this isnt the first time this argument has been had. I knew that you were going to bring up that statistic if you chose to debate this topic. Its the first thing any pro-Cpepp person says.
Honestly, I dont think ive been involved in any of those discussions. Im actually very anti-Culpepper, I was just laying the stat out there.
CBM wrote:besides 5 games isnt a large enough sample size to draw many conclusions from.
At this point thats all we have to go on so its that or nothing
CBM wrote:You are completely missing the biggest loss to their running game. Randy Moss. The reason I think Minny's running game will suffer the most is because they wont have defensive secondaries shading deep anymore.
Ok, say the defenses move up and put more men in the box now. Wouldnt that actually free up the MIN WRs and could theoretically make it easier for Culpepper to get them the ball, therefore increasing his completion percentage. Now he's going to have a bunch of 1v1 matchups, sure the WRs are no Moss, but they do have some talent, and they should have enough for one of them to get open.
CBM wrote:Combine that with the loss of their starting RB - OSmith
Bennett was named the starter even before Smith got suspended. Bennett was supposed to start last year before he got hurt. Bennett was supposed to be and was going to be the starter. Granted not full-time, but he is the #1
CBM wrote:They are starting the yr with Breakable Bennett, a 4th rd sophmore (who did look good in very limited action - I'll give him that), and a 4th rd rookie, plus a 3rd down and short yardage special teamer in Moe Williams.
Who cares what round these RBs were drafted in? Priest wasnt drafted at all, but he seems to do well. Do we really need to go over the list of great players drafted late?
What we do have is:
Bennett - who has a 1600+ total yard season under his belt. Granted he seems to be injury prone, but its not guaranteed that he will be hurt again. Hes also sitting on an avg of 4.6 ypc for his career
Moore - who has 3 career starts where he put up 182, 187, and 168 total yards respectively in those games. He does have the ability to handle the load
Moe - a great blocker, 3rd down RB, and goalline RB. Knows his role and can step in at a moments notice and handle things. Dont forget when he was called on to start in '03 he had 7 starts that year and did well. For the whole year he put up roughly 1400 total yards and 8 TDs. Hes shown he can play in the NFL as well.
Fason - who knows
Yes it will be different w/o Moss, but you cant immediately just say this is going to be a crappy run game. They have players who have proven they can start in this league.
And once again, they have their blocking TE/FB back for this season in Kleinsasser.
MIN also now has a defense. They may end up trying to be more of a ball control offense, which means more running and more opportunities for the RBs.
CBM wrote:You believe what you want about Minny, seems like everyone and their uncle has them as a lock to win the division. I guess I see things differently.
I dont at all have MIN picked to win the division, I really dont think any of the teams in it are that good. I will give it to you though that DET did make some good progress this offseason and last. If you can figure out whats wrong w/ Joey your team could do well.