Ek wrote:Thomas Jones IS faster than Ced Benson, or at least quicker in his cuts. That doesn't necessarily mean he's a better running back; time will tell.
There's a difference between fast and quick. TJ is quick. NOT FAST AT ALL. Fast RBs don't regularly get tackled from behind. As far as TJ being quicker... not according to Fred Miller. He said on an interview on 670 AM this weekend that Cedric is quicker to the outside, and hits a hole faster and harder. The reason you're thinking TJ is quicker, is because Benson doesn't try to dodge as much as he tries to smash.
As far as range being an issue with RG, he does have the shortest range of any good kicker in the NFL. It doesn't translate into a lot of misses usually, because Lovie Smith knows this and usually punts or goes for it from that range during the season. This was the case last year, and I didn't see any reason this is going to change, so if you get bonuses for 50-yarders, you shouldn't expect to get many of them from Robbie (who I still expect to be a top-5 kicker).
I really don't think we have any indicator on what RG's actual range is. I don't think it's a studied fact that he's got the shortest range of any "good kicker" in the NFL. You haven't seen enough of him. What's the percentage IN GENERAL, of 50+ yard FG attempt success? Gould kicked far enough. How about the Pro Bowl skills competition? He showed some serious leg there. Just because Smith doesn't want to take unnecessary chances, doesn't mean that Gould doesn't have it in him. I'd much rather see the Bears kick from the 20 or 30 than the 40, as a FF owner. I had Gould on my squad last year. Did his range hurt him in FF points? I don't think so.
I'm not trying to argue with you. I just think that these prognostications are a bit out of whack.