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Old 06-17-2004   #5
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Originally Posted by infantrycak
Something I am curious about is why everyone was so certain after 2002 (and remain certain now) that Emmitt was washed up and doing the wrong thing, when he had averaged 3.8 and 3.9 ypc the last two years and on the flip side almost noone says Eddie George is washed up and needs to do the right thing when he has averaged 3.3, 3.4, and 3.0 ypc over the last three seasons?
Cak I went back to check his stats and you know what...your right. There is a trend of his attempts dropping incrementally and a decline in TDs, but that's it statistically.

What I can tell you from watching the games is that for whatever reason from around the '01 season was that he was just not the same guy. I can honestly say that I was surprised at the relatively low drop off in stats. Emmitt simply didn't LOOK like he was the same guy...he was becoming more of a 1 or 2 down back and appeared to be moving underwater much of the time.

I think part of it might have been that he operated at such a high level for so long that when is production slipped it was that much more pronounce even thought the stats were respectable. The other thing is that a lot of folks (myself probably included) can't help but see how Sanders and Peyton both left the game with a spring in their step and the respect of everyone. Perception may have in fact become reality in Emmitt's case. Until last season was he still a fairly productive player...yes. Should he have walked away after breaking Peyton's record...I don't know.

I guess we'll see if he's still got it this season.
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