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Old 08-12-2008   #21
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Mike Shanahan and Gary Kubiak had great success in Denver. No one can deny this. They are convinced that any back can shine in their system. I believe this is do in large part to the success of Terrel Davis who was a nobody before he came to Denver. I think he was a late round pick or a free agent. I think the Texans believe they can replicate this phenomenon. I hope they do.
I can point to TD's career in Denver and say that might be it. But in all honesty it's the guys that have followed him that have the staff believing it can be replicated. Guys like Olandis Gary, Mike Anderson, Rueben Droughns, and an assortment of guys who have stepped in and had good games in between. The results have really been hard to ignore.

Tack that on with the Success Alex Gibbs had in Atlanta making Dunn and Duckett and successful combination along with Mike Vick. I believe two years running they lead the NFL in Rushing. Again Hard to ignore.

It might not be this year but I fully expect now that we aren't running a hybrid Zone/Power scheme we'll see results like the ones that have typically followed Gibbs.

As to why late round backs are favored in the system it is emphasis on position and longevity. How long are prime years typically for a RB vs DE, DT, LB, WR, QB, or CB? It's also a brutal and physical position that can entail easy injuries as I think any Texan fan can fully understand.
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So how do we explain Barry Sanders?

I seem to remember that he was running behind a shoddy line, and had to dance a lot just to get positive yardage. Those freakish runs he made were usually a result of the OL failing to produce an opening for him.

You can be a success as a RB without a good line...
Barry Sanders, and Gayle Sayers, are once in a generation players. MelHairGel would have had y'all believing that Reggie Bush was this generation's Sayers/Sanders... How's that working so far?? And the Saints have a decent O-line!

Ask Emmett Smith or Eggerin James how it feels to go from a really good O-line to one that sucks. Even O.J. Simpson had to get a decent line in front of him to produce.

And say we had Barry Sanders... he'd stay in Kubiak's doghouse because he danced behind the line so much. Remember, the ZBS philosophy is to make one cut and go.

not a good example...
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What I don't get is why Kubiak insists on having a "veteran RB" instead of looking for real talent. T.D. led Denver to a 8-8 record his rookie year and 13-3 record his second year. They won Super Bowls in T.D.'s 3rd & 4th seasons.

Its about heart, not "experience".

Maybe its perception on my part, but it doesn't seem that either Green or Brown have enough heart. The only guy I see with heart is Walker - he refuses to be kicked to the curb - unfortunately, he doesn't have outstanding talent.

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