The Decline of Running Backs in the NFL
The value of running backs in the NFL has seemingly hit an all-time low. With stars Saquon Barkley and Josh Jacobs failing to come to terms with their teams on new contracts, the position appears to be more expendable than ever before. ESPN draft analyst Matt Miller noted that teams are content to have a revolving door at the running back spot, rather than paying to keep a star. Tennessee Titans’ Derrick Henry, one of the best running backs in the game, commented on how he feels running backs do not even matter anymore.
The Need for a Running Back in the Past
In the past, it was essential for teams to have a good or great running back in order to have a chance at winning the Super Bowl. Additionally, it was a given that they needed a powerful running game to set up their passing game.
The Change in Attitude
For some time now, there has been a shift in attitude concerning the importance of having a running back.
The value of running backs in the NFL has seen a drastic decline, with teams preferring to have a revolving door at the position rather than pay to keep a star. This is a stark contrast to the past, when teams needed a great running back in order to have a chance at winning the Super Bowl. It appears that the attitude towards running backs has changed significantly over the years.