9er Fan wrote:I think the ability of individual RBs is vastly overrated by most fans. With few exceptions, take any "stud RB" out there, replace him with a competent backup and they will be very successful. So much goes into having a successful running game. Cases in point:
1. Denver for the past decade
2. Rhodes when Edge got hurt
3. Holmes / Larry Johnson
4. Faulk / whoever his backups were when he was hurt
5. LT's backup when he went down
The list goes on and on.
Which is why:
1. If either Rhodes/Addai emerge the winner will be a stud
2. Edge will be a big disappointment
I think you're completely off base here. It matters greatly with some systems, but a lot of it has to do with RB talent as well. Turner is good but will he perform week in and week out like LT if he was the starter there? I don't think so. Holmes and LJ are both very very talented RBs, Rhodes wasn't even close to as good as Edge when he played for him. And Faulk's backup's were never close to him either when they played, with the exception of Steven Jackson.....who is also a talented RB.
Very talented RBs like LT, LJ, and Edge will perform wherever they are. It may not be as good as it would have been with a better offensive line or a better FB, but that kinda follows logic. It doesn't mean however that talent doesn't matter as much as situation, talent matters very greatly.