When cover32 released its list of the top 10 running backs in the NFL today, there were plenty of people angry about their favorite team’s workhorse back not making the list. It made for a spirited debate in the “Comments” section below the article.
And it also begged another question: How close was Mr. Irate Fan’s RB to making the list?
To provide an answer, the editors at cover32 have decided to reveal the running backs who finished 11-20 during the ranking process.
Let the debate continue!
11. Alfred Morris
Morris was the name people were stunned didn’t make the top 10, but a key change in Washington was the reason why. Mike Shanahan, who has built his career on developing running backs, is out and Jay Gruden is in. Yes, Morris’ production a season ago was impressive (1,275 yards, seven touchdowns), but it wouldn’t shock us to see those drop dramatically with a new coach, a healthy RGIII and the addition of DeSean Jackson as well.
12. Doug Martin
Martin’s coming off a disappointing season in which he rushed for fewer than 500 yards and just one touchdown, but the back only played in 5.5 games, suffering a season-ending torn labrum in Atlanta during a Week 6 contest. With a new coach in town and a significantly improved roster all around, we expect Martin to return to his Pro Bowl level from 2012 — a year in which he ran for nearly 1,500 yards and 11 scores.