YES, YES, I know that the NFL must come to an agreement for anything to happen.
As we all know, Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, otherwise known as the R&R Express, are unrestricted free agents. Both Brown and Williams failed to live up to expectations, which was to keep Miami a force on the ground. In 2009, Miami was 3rd in the league in the rushing thanks to Brown and Williams, who together rushed for over 1800 yards, but in 2010, their numbers dropped significantly to 1400 yards together. Now that may not seem bad, but this Miami offense relies on them to drive down the field. Brown played a full season and rushed for only 734 yards, while Ricky Williams rushed for 756 yards. The question is: Who should Miami resign? Brown should be the guy re-signed and here are 5 reasons why.
1. The Interior Line of Miami did not do a good job in run blocking
Miami’s offensive line had many question marks coming in. Is Joe Berger a true starting center? Can John Jerry block well during his rookie campaign? It turned out that Jake Long and Richie Incognito did their jobs, but the rest didn’t. Jerry, Vernon Carey, Joe Berger and even the backups failed to provide any running room for Ronnie Brown. Ronnie Brown had to sit in the backfield, dance around just to find a hole to go through. All his dancing around, thanks to the interior line, would make defenders come at him and stop him for a loss. To make the scenario even worse, Dan Henning’s playcalling was so bad that teams often predicted right on when Miami will pass and run the ball. This would only make Brown’s job harder. Give Brown run blocking like in 2009, he will excel.
2. He is only 29 years old
Seemingly everyone wants to throw Ronnie Brown into the "old" running back group. He hasn’t hit 30 yet, and still has a good 2-3 years left in him. Yeah, injuries have gotten him the past couple years, but last year he was healthy and played in all 16 games. Everyone talks about his injuries from 08 and 09, but no one mentions that he played a full year last year. Even at 29, Brown does his job well and will continue to do that.
3. He still is a powerful RB
I absolutely love how Brown breaks tackles and works so hard to gain that extra yard. He simply bulldozes through people and will make a mock out of someone when trucks them. Also, the fact is Brown does not fumble a lot and in his 6 year career, he has fumbled the ball only 13 times, but lost 10 of them. That averages to a little over 2 fumbles a year. Compare those numbers to that of Adrian Peterson, Maurice Jones-Drew and Frank Gore.
4. Excellent Pass Catcher and good pass blocker
Another ability of Brown that is underestimated is his pass blocking and catching. Brown knows how to pick up the blitz well and he takes on the big guys. For example, I watched the games against the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, and New York Jets and the guys he picked up were AJ Hawk, Jerod Mayo, and Bart Scott. Those guys aren’t easy to take on 1-on-1 and Brown did pick up them up well and it surprised me. Also, Brown has good hands. He caught the ball 33 times last year and dropped only 2. In his career, he has caught over 30 passes each year except for 08-09 campaign where he only caught 14 due to injury.
5. He is willing to take a pay cut to stay in Miami
Last reason is that Brown specifically said he will take a pay cut in order to remain a Dolphin. He is fully committed to this team and does not want to play anywhere else except Miami. I have been hearing a lot of people say that Brown wants money that Miami won’t pay him, but he particularly said that he will take a pay cut, and this should be something Miami should consider.