Cornbread Maxwell wrote:
Last yr he played for a decent team and avg. 4.6 ypc. What happened between 2002 and 2003 - I thought he was terrible? Was it possibly that the SITUATION changed?
Was it possibly that his stats are padded with a 9 carry 134 yards game against Green Bay? It doesn't matter that two of those carries were for 61 and 51 yards? Take away just TWO carries from Thomas Jones and his average looks like the sucky TJ we all know and hate from Arizona. Now take away two great carries from any other top 20 running back and they won't lose nearly as much as TJ loses.
It's obvious you're a smart guy CB. Don't those anamolies bother you at all? Are you really gonna judge a guy based on two carries?
He was bested by two running backs in Arizona. Yes we all agree Arizona sucked. So did San Diego, Cincinnati, Jacksonville and Seattle (we've been over this before haven't we) and they all had a stud RB. He was never able to decisively beat Pittman or Shipp in Arizona. If he can't beat two average at best running backs, why would a change of scenery make him so great? TJ is the Troy Hambrick of 2004. He'll be the starter (for at least a few games), get the majority of carries and won't amount to more than a bye week fill in.
Read these next lines over a few times.
We all agree Arizona sucked. What did he do to make them better? Nothing.
Stop beating the "but Arizona was bad" drum.
KG's conclusion: Arizona sucked BECAUSE they had players LIKE Thomas Jones. He dragged the team down, not vice versa. Don't make me get out a list of first round bust running backs. Stop acting like it doesn't happen regardless of situation.
One final note. Many people are hyped about the offensive system being installed in Chicago. Lovie Smith is going to install a Vermeil type offensive system that produced stars like Marshall Faulk and Priest Holmes. The system relies heavily on the dual threat, rushing receiving running back. It's not the west coast system, but it's very similar as far the the running back is concerned.
I'm gonna go out on a limb and say Jon Gruden knows something about offense. He runs the west coast offense. He made a fantasy star out of Charlie Garner. Garner is the archetype for west coast backs like Staley and Hearst. Not the best pure runner, but a very good one. Huge threat in the passing game. Thomas Jones did not succeed in that system in Tampa Bay. TJ is no factor in the passing game.
Chicago is stuck with two running backs who don't really fit the system they want. A-Train is probably a better running back than TJ. Who does everyone think will be the starter at the end of the season? The way things stand right now, I wouldn't be surprised if it was Dwone Hicks.