Mercer Boy wrote:The same thing happened to Thomas Jones at the beginning of last year. He was out like a house of fire, and then something happened. I can't remember what it was for sure. Did A-Train come back and eat into his carries?
Well, if that were the case, Benson could easily do the same thing this year. If the Bears are smart, they won't mess with success and leave Jones in there until he stops producing. Their division is pretty weak, and he should have a bunch of good games.
nope....Rex Grossman got hurt and people started stacking the box. If Orton can be efficient to keep people from doing that, the bears will run. My concern is that Benson got almost the same # of carries as Jones in that game. Will have to see how the carries are split up this week...I suspect that it will be a RBBC and who ever is rolling any particular week will get the majority of carries.
September 20, 2005 11:41 AM ET
Bears: Lovie has no problem with shared backfield
Bears head coach Lovie Smith appears to be in no rush to identify which of his two running backs, starter Thomas Jones or prized rookie Cedric Benson, will be his primary guy down the road. "I don't see that as a problem at all," he told the Chicago Tribune. "I really like what we have. It's a long season. They way we pounded the ball, you may need three good running backs."
Jones really only had 1 good week. But if his offensive line is that much better, then he will be that much better of an RB this year. All of the starters around the league could be monsters, with the help of solid lines. Without them, they all look like turds. You would never pick Jones or Caddy to be having a better year than Jamal, for example.
So the question becomes, how long can Thomas Jones keep this up? When does he give up his job, if ever, to Cedric Benson?
He has always been one fo those dual threat, receiving and running, guys so he is more likely to stay in on third downs. He averaged over 4.0 yards a carry last year with the bears and the year before that with the bucs. The bears play in a weak (both defensively and offensively) division, so he will get more opportunities. All of these factors seem to indicate he might be the sleeper pick of the draft.
Or is it just too early to tell?
Nope, the Thomas Jones hype is right on time. All aboard the Turd Jones train!