so.. would mcgahee be a better start then henry now??.. i ahve both on my team
i consider anything i hear from the media on this subject BS.. there has been so much unnecessary hype and poor reporting on this topic... henry is the man untill willie proves he is... ON THE FIELD. PERIOD
Early on Sunday, a certain sports media source currently celebrating its 25th anniversary reported that Willis McGahee would get significant carries, including at the goal line, against the Jaguars. In reality, McGahee did not touch the ball until the second half, and had eight of his nine carries on the last series of the game, when starter Travis Henry was sitting with cramps. In the only real goal line situation, Henry rushed twice from the Jacksonville three-yard line, but couldn't cross the stripe. Henry finished with 23 carries for 75 yards. McGahee had 31 yards on nine carries.
It looks like the whole goal line back thing was way overblown. It's still very possible Willis has an impact this year, but Henry is clearly the main man in Buffalo right now. Until we see otherwise during meaningful game action, we're sticking with him in all situations.
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I'm glad you posted that, steelyeri. I saw the same thing last Sunday. NFL teams (especially Minnesota) like to give dis or misinformation to disguise their true intentions. Henry got two goal line carries from the 3 last week. He didn't get it in (grrrr), but McGahee was nowhere to be found until the end of the game.
Henry's cramping issue could bring on some more doubts, but I still expect to see him out there. Here's my question - why don't they do what Green Bay is doing with Ahman Green and have McGahee come in for runs in the middle of the field? It would keep Henry fresh for the more important runs, and it would keep McGahee happy. Sure, Henry would lose some yards, but it didn't hurt Ahman last week (119 yards).
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I agree Mercer, why spell your stud back in the red zone. Let the man who got you there get the scores and spell him at midfield. Of course if you have the big, pounding, between the tackles back, then that usually is the better option at the goal-line. Remember Barry Sanders getting all his TD's stolen? Guy wasn't a short yardage type runner, needed to make his ankle breaking cuts.
But for teams like Green Bay, Buffalo, Indy, etc., I like the idea of spelling the studs midfield where your offense has more options, and keeping your RB studs fresh for the more limited red zone offense.
Of course, this is all predicated on having the offensive line and the backup RB's to make this an effective strategy.
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