MJD Makes Dumb Argument

Posted: July 25, 2012 in sports

Maurice Jones-Drew needs to know his facts before he opens his mouth. The Jaguars star running back wants a new multi-year deal with a fat signing bonus even though he stills has two years remaining on his current deal. Who wouldn’t want that?

But he isn’t helping his cause when he says things such as “There are more game-changers at running back than quarterback” in the NFL  That’s what he recently told Sports Illustrated when he was in Washington, D.C. attending a life-business retreat organized by a law firm.

There’s not one NFL owner/general manager/head coach who wouldn’t trade two premier runners for one proven quarterback. Proven QBs win Super Bowls. Elite runners win rushing titles.

The facts heavily favor quarterbacks. By a wide margin.

For the record, MJD listed himself along with Arian Foster, Chris Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Frank Gore, Ray Rice, LeSean McCoy, Steven Jackson, Matt Forte and Marshawn Lynch as the NFL’s game-changing running backs. That’s nine guys. His list of elite quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Eli and Peyton Manning, Phillip Rivers, Michael Vick and Ben Roethlisberger. That’s eight guys.

Only three of those running backs went to the playoffs last season. Five of the QBs led their teams to the playoffs and, of course, Peyton Manning, sat out the season with an injury.

What’s more, the trend is for teams to use two or more running backs. According to SI’s research, the leading ball-carrier for the last 10 Super Bowl champs averaged 15 rushes a game. In the 10 previous seasons, the leading rusher averaged more than 18 carries a game.

Clearly in the pass-happy NFL the value of a single running back has been diminished.

MJD needs to come up with a better argument. Better yet, he needs to get his fanny to training camp and try to help the Jaguars make the playoffs.

  1. jaxjoe@comcast.net says:

    Folks like Mojo D and Shahid Khan have very little experience playing “chicken”. One is a very astute businessman and the other is a bully by brawn. We shall see who wins in the end but my money is with “Management”, in this case. I want to see that $30,000 per day FINE imposed!

    It’s best to settle…quickly, before the real fans bail out….

    If you can’t take $4 million and build a diversified porfolio that will provide six figures in annual income, then you need to go back to school and forget about football. (The same thing that the NCAA has said about Penn State)

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