First off, let me start out by saying Ronnie and Ricky are not the problems, the O-line is. Look at the actual games and tell me you see any kind of wholes for them to run through. If you watched the Pats game last night, that team created canyons for Green Ellis to run through against a Jets Defense. We have no guards that can pull or get any kind of push off the line. Against Oakland, Ronnie was hit maybe 2 yards behind the line of scrimmage, did a rediculous spin, kept his balance and gained 4 yards instead of losing 2. If we had our o-line fixed, these running backs would be easily averaging above 4 yards a carry. That should be our main focus, not finding a new RB.
Also, without Ronnie there is no Wildcat at all. I know it hasnt been effective this year but again, its not because of execution from the RB's, its because of the blocking, no effective pulling guards...Ronnie is also currently our best pass catching back and really doesn't have that many miles on him considering his injuries. He has turned into one of the leaders on this team and that is something that really gets overlooked. The front office realized this mid way through this year that although they are going towards thier YOUTH movement, you need some leaders to help develop and teach the younger players. We brought in Al Harris to do just that. Even Brandon Marshall said it was weird that he was the oldest WR we have at the age of 26!. Ronnie is well liked and respected throughout this whole team. If he was on the pats right now he'd easily be at 1200 yards I don't care what any of you say. He runs hard and has patience, and lets his blocks (whenever he has them) develop. I agree that our running game needs to be fixed, but its not bc of Ronnie. Ricky is effective but he just doesn't break any tackles anymore, and as much as I'd like him, I'd rather we drafted someone in the LATER rounds, like after round 3, then sign him. Sheets is also a speedy back that can compliment Ronnie well.
Bottom line is we have seen our players leave prematurely bc of contract disputes like Matt Roth and JT and both could've been valuable at this stage on this team in both leadership and their level of play. Ronnie is no different, I don't care if we had anyone in the league other than AP, we would not have an effective running game. With a new OC and hopefully a fixed up O-line we could get back to a being an effective run first team, but Ronnie and maybe sheets, or hilliard or a rookie to come in would do the job given good play calling and a dominat o-line.
Part of being an effective running team is not just having the best runnings backs, but clearly a good 0-line, play calling, and picking and choosing your spots as far as when to run. Dan Henning's play calling is as predictable as Chad Henne. We Need Ronnie Brown and I promise if we don't sign him we will 100% see him go off to the Patriots and he'll make us pay for the next 3 years. Age isn't that big of a deal these days, look at Mcgahee, he's over 30 and still an effective RB when he gets his touches. Ronnie has had a light workload the past few years bc of injuries, and splitting carries, his body is fine and he's three years over his ACL injury, the guy is ready to run, but our Offense isn't. We need to realize that he isn't the problem but our schemes and 0-line are.
We all should be lucky we have a RB like him and hope that the front office realizes our real weakness and gives Ronnie an extension.