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Postby Keyser_WV » Tue May 23, 2006 4:04 pm

This is from fanball.

05/23 12:18 Bears: Lovie sets backfield depth chart
THE NEWS
Bears head coach Lovie Smith addressed his crowded backfield this week and continued to give public support to incumbent Thomas Jones. "I still think there's a one and there's a two, and you have to establish that, which we've done," Smith told Yahoo! Sports. "Our No. 1 is Thomas Jones. Our No. 2 is Cedric Benson. Our No. 3 is Adrian Peterson…The No. 1 will get the majority of reps. But it's a long year. You have to play the two some. We're planning on [Benson getting more carries]."

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The prevailing notion among fantasy rankings this spring is that Benson is the higher-paid, more-talented runner in the Bears backfield and will be a more valuable commodity this season. However, Jones has been the team's offensive MVP for two years running—accounting for 41 percent of their total touchdowns—and Lovie has never wavered in support of his starter. It may surprise most to hear that Jones is slated for the majority of the reps, but that remains the plan for now.
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Postby Sixxgunn » Tue May 23, 2006 4:33 pm

I'm not surprised a bit. Jones has done a good job, and new head coaches don't dock the boat if the boat still sails. The only problem I still have is with Jones so-called agent. He could still screw things up by advising him to hold out or something stupid like that and Benson would almost have to be named the starter by default. So things might seem cut and dry right now, but don't rest easy and draft Jones too high until you hear from the man himself that Rosen-ass won't be a distraction.
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Postby steelerfan513 » Tue May 23, 2006 4:48 pm

doesnt surprise me all that much. jones isnt a slouch. he has been a consistent 1000 yard rusher lately.
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Postby Sixxgunn » Tue May 23, 2006 4:53 pm

steelerfan513 wrote:doesnt surprise me all that much. jones isnt a slouch. he is a very consistent 1000 yard rusher.


Well, let's not go overboard here. I'm a supporter of TJ, but he's not really done it long enough to be considered "very consistent". He had 1300 or so last year, and just under a thousand the year before. Not too good before that. He was coming on at the end in Tampa and had around 650 I think, and before that it only gets worse.
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Postby steelerfan513 » Tue May 23, 2006 4:55 pm

Sixxgunn wrote:
steelerfan513 wrote:doesnt surprise me all that much. jones isnt a slouch. he is a very consistent 1000 yard rusher.


Well, let's not go overboard here. I'm a supporter of TJ, but he's not really done it long enough to be considered "very consistent". He had 1300 or so last year, and just under a thousand the year before. Not too good before that. He was coming on at the end in Tampa and had around 650 I think, and before that it only gets worse.


i really need to check stats before posting this type of stuff. i changed the wording a little bit.
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Postby moonhead » Tue May 23, 2006 5:18 pm

he'll get hurt by week 4 and benson will be the man.
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Postby CC » Tue May 23, 2006 5:28 pm

Jones is good and deserves the starting job, but you just don't plant a 4th overall, highly paid workhorse on the bench and let him rot. I think Benson will get at least 35% of the carries and if Jones gets hurt I think Benson could supplant him permanently.
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Postby jayday » Tue May 23, 2006 5:39 pm

Benson is getting paid mucho dinero to be riding the pine....I think it'll be more of a RBBC than Lovie is letting on....
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Postby Sixxgunn » Wed May 24, 2006 8:34 am

Canadian_Cheesehead wrote:Jones is good and deserves the starting job, but you just don't plant a 4th overall, highly paid workhorse on the bench and let him rot. I think Benson will get at least 35% of the carries and if Jones gets hurt I think Benson could supplant him permanently.


Philip Rivers. Different position, same principal. If Jones is still running well and healthy, I don't see much changing this year. I'm pretty sure this is the last year of TJ's contract, and they will get what they can out of him, while keeping Benson healthy and ready to roll. Remember, Benson carried an insane amount of times in college, and I'm sure that's in the back of everyone's mind. Too many carries (combining college and the pros) will lead to an early retirement party.
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Postby mutantseabass » Wed May 24, 2006 8:49 am

Just goes by the old addage, if it isnt broke dont fix it. Jones did a good job last season and deserves the #1 job.
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