SameSongNDance wrote:I'm copy and pasting part of this post from a dude named sspunisher on another message board. Some one broke this down earlier to me more clearly, but this is a good recap and the pattern remains..injury..
SSND, great points that the Shanny RBBC hype machine ignore. Let's take a look at Shanahan's head coaching career, and his RB stats (100+ attempts):Raiders
1988 Marcus Allen 223 attempts/ 831 yards/ 7 TD; Bo Jackson 136/580/3
1989 Jackson 173/950/4; Steve Smith 117/471/1 (Allen knee injury)
These were teams that split starts between Jay Schroeder and Steve Beuerlein, and obviously Allen was injured in 1989. Not much of a yardstick here, but worth mentioning, as there is an obvious #1 guy in each season. And an early indication of the injury bug affecting Shanny's RB'sBroncos
1995 Terrell Davis 237/1117/7
1996 TD 345/1538/13
1997 TD 369/1750/15
1998 TD 392/2008/21
1999 Olandis Gary 276/1159/7 (TD ACL/MCL injury)
2000 Mike Anderson 297/1487/15 (Gary knee injury, TD stress fracture)
2001 Anderson 175/678/4; Davis 167/701/0 (both suffered various injuries that season)
2002 Clinton Portis 273/1508/15
2003 Portis 290/1591/14
2004 Rueben Droughns 275/1240/6
2005 Anderson 239/1014/12; Tatum Bell 173/921/8 **
2006 Tatum 233/1025/2; Mike Bell 157/677/8 **
2007 Travis Henry 167/691/4; Selvin Young 140/729/1 (Henry various injuries)
2008 no one meets criteria. 3 headed monster of Michael Pittman, Young, and Peyton Hillis rack up 205/966/10. Coincidentally, Shanahan fired after this season.**
14 seasons - 11 with a #1 RB surpassing 1,000 yards, 3 with "true" RBBC (not forced by injury **)Redskins
2010 Ryan Torain 164/742/4 (season opening start Portis plagued by abdomen and groin injuries)
2011 Roy Helu 151/640/2 (Helu, Hightower, Torain all got the injury bug last year)
That's 18 seasons coached, 14 with a clear #1 RB. I consider only 3 season have true RBBC numbers. But, there's 7 years where there is a definite injury problem.
All this being said, I like Morris's chances for a big year. Unless the Shanahan injury curse hits. Then he's a bust.
"We couldn’t do diddley poo offensively, we couldn’t make a first down, we couldn’t run the ball, we didn’t try to run the ball, we couldn’t complete a pass - we sucked."