Most of us seem excited about the possibilities of having a very good running game and have mentioned the areas of improvement a quality back can impact. Greater protection of QB, not just blocking but offering an avenue to get rid of the ball safely without suffering a fumble or injury. We all saw what a healthy Matt can do. A quality back makes the offensive line better and many of us are aware of this suspect area. A running game opens up the passing game and historically that has been Kubiak's philosophy. A quality back can keep the opposing offense off the field and also our defense; allowing our players to be stronger late in game. Over all, a quality back pays huge dividends, especially when the other backs on the roster were not doing very well. My question is if Tate, Slaton or Foster or all meet expectations giving us at least one (and maybe three) quality backs, how will fans react? Of course all will be excited and pleased. Will we let bygones be bygones and the lack of a recently successfull RB (one year of Slaton is noted) slowly fade from our memory or will we burn with anger and maybe disgust that Kubes and Smith did not do all they could to bring this important part of the chess board to the table two drafts ago? We have touched on this in other threads but if we have a very much improved running game (ala Schaub over David Carr) as the season progresses will fans question Kubiak's decision making in this regard?