Nice title huh?
I was thinking about this the other night and have actually talked to someone about this but let me pose a question to our readership..
With the emergence of an effective multi-headed hydra, is there a need for a franchise back?
I don't really know which way to go on this. Ryan Torain will be effective no doubt. However, currently there are three gentlemen who make opposing defenses sick out there in Young Hall and Pittman. For the argument I wont even list Hillis because that boy OWNS his position. That being said when Young grabs 55yrds, Hall grabs 40 and Pittman grabs 25 have we not had an effective game there? Sure each players stats seem low and it doesn't look good to see your top rusher in week 4 have 200 yards, but just for a second lets consider what they are doing.
Any run game needs to keep a defense honest and playing the full game. If Cutler gets too pass happy they are gongi to sit in coverage the whole time, covering recievers. The run game forces the defense to play at the line. This in effect sets up the passing game. We all know this so I will skip the explination. What the Hydra forces teams to do is guess. All three can catch and run the football. and they can do that from anywhere. They also all have a different appraoch to the running game which forces the defenses to "Game plan" three different running backs. Not an easy task to preform when you also have to account for a QB who can run, and a tandem of WR like no other.
Enter Ryan Torain. As part of a commitie he would be another Pittman type bruiser back who punishes up the middle. However Ryan looks like he is indeed a franchise back and coudl very well take the load. The question is will Ryan Torain become "part of the committee" or the single guy in the backfield?
I am not sure how this plays out but I am interested in your opinions let me have em