Before this season I really wanted Kevin Faulk to come back.
Statistically running backs are ranked by most analysts by how many yards they run for, not how many rushing attempts they have. Statistically receivers are ranked by how many catches they have, not how many yards they gain. My point is not that statistics are inaccurate and not some reflection of how good various players are. But my point is that as we look at and analyze who were the best players at their positions, we look at what stats analyst tell us are important.I believe if analysts tracked a statistic called something like first downs achieved, or maybe a weighted statistic of first down achieved on third down, Kevin Faulk would be considered one of the best backs of all time.
If Kevin Faulk was suppose to comeback this year to play a role similar to the role Alge Crumpler played the year before, things did not work out too well. This year, Faulk's contributions on offense, be they contributions as a runner, receiver or blocker did not seem substantial to me. At least Crumpler carved out a role for himself on the team as the seldom used blocking tight end. Faulk did not seem to have a role on the team.
Moreover, if Faulk was suppose to be a good teacher and influence on our two rookie running backs in the way Crumpler may have influenced our two rookie tight ends last year, he did not seem very effective. Although the two running backs were drafted just as high if not higher than the two tight ends, the two running backs barely saw the field and made little impact.
In the Super Bowl Woodhead was effective as a back out of the backfield on a few plays. It appeared that the Giants were allowing Brady to throw that little check down pass to a back that Faulk has caught well for years. Green-Ellis also caught a screen and Faulk has been very good at catching screens and turning them into first downs. People talk about Brady and Branch having good chemistry but the chemistry between Brady and Faulk is as good if not better. Maybe Faulk could have contributed, at least more than Steven Ridley who was active but never saw the field.
Any thoughts on any of this stuff?