Originally Posted by hodgey
Anyone who continues to pretend Maroney is at this point a #1 running back is just being a dillusional homer of magnanimus proportions! I totally agree with the original poster about Maroney stopping in the hole or at and behind the line of scrimmage. Total indecision is making Maroney less effective than Kyle Eckel.
I'm definately torn on this issue. If you look at Maroney's overall body of work, it's pretty decent. Not top 10 RB productivity, but pretty decent That being said, the injuries, and Maroney not running hard, make him tough to stick up for. The last few weeks, I definately have felt more comfortable with Evans and Eckel running the ball, and Morris was definately the better back when he was playing.
In defense of Maroney he's only 22, and the offense doesn't seem geared towards running. Now, is it not geared towards running because Belichick isn't thrilled with Maroney's production ? Who know's, I believe collectively we have the #8 rushing offense, so that's pretty darned good, but in a cold wintery playoff game, can we depend on the running game ? Can we depend on the running game to run out the clock if we (god forbid) are in a tight game like last years AFCCG ?
I really like McFadden, but I think this team has more pressing needs. Linebacker is definately a top need (Laurenitis ?), DB may be a top need if we don't resign Asante Samuel. That being said, if Run DMC winds up a Patriot,
the rest of the NFL would shudder. I wouldn't mind the suggestion by someone on this thread, trade our #1 to Dallas for their highest #1 and Marion Barber, though Dallas knows what they have in Barber, so I bet they wouldn't fall for that.