Re: I would take MARONEY over Adrian Peterson or Chris Johnson.. wouldnt you?
posted at 12/19/2009 10:43 PM EST
In Response to I would take MARONEY over Adrian Peterson or Chris Johnson.. wouldnt you?
[QUOTE]as funny as some of u may read this comment, i really would take MARONEY's..... UPSIDE. his future is boundlessly great. he is finally becoming the guy belichick and paoli assumed he would be when he got drafted. the good thing about all the nagging injuries over the years is that his overall body has not had to take all the poundgs of guys like AP and CJ. there are only so many hits these guys can take before they start breaking down noticably like one Mr. Shawn Alexander. maroney is huge with quick feet and a great body type as well as with real explosion, heart, breakaway speed and the rare ability to run over people while keeping his feet moving. he can run between the tackles and outside of it. plus, missing in all these debates, is how great this guy already is in catching the ball and in not having a fumbling reputation. what some mischaracterize as his "dancing" ability actually helps him in the passing game esp on screens, because it is often about patience in waiting for your blockers to create some space for u to move into. he increasingly has also shown the ability to make big guys miss and some general escapability skills. anyone else notice how much better he has become at picking up the blitz and in his blocking in general? i say by next year mr. Maroney is a productive every-down RB! if he is ever given the same confidence or the same number of carries as a CJ or AP, maroney could be just as productive, if not MORE so! to me, maroney could be an all-time great. beyond AP and CJ, i would take him over the other RBs in the league like Munchkin Ray Rice, "oh my head hurts again" Portis, thomas jones, addai, michael turner, lynch... the only one that really comes close to all the things that LM could do is STEVEN JACKSON! if bill could trade for a RB or pick one over LM, that would be it... of course he would cost u an arm and a leg but perhaps St. louis would make that switch. unfortunately, our belichick has demonstrated some issues in developing or maximizg guys like maroney as of late. the odds of him really reaching his potential may end up best with a guy like shanahan (assuming he will get the redskins gig). when he reaches it, he WILL be a HOF type guy with many pro bowls on his resume! just give the man a real chance! the more he plays and runs, the better he gets as he increasingly beats and wears down a frontline!
Posted by bubbazilla[/QUOTE]
Lol! are you on drugs? Please allow me to enlighten you to the fact that when a guy has suffered numerous injuries over his career, that it does in fact mean that his body has taken a pounding. There is no difference between the two, both have the effect of limiting/shortening careers. In terms of Maroney's effectiveness, I rate him as mediocre at best.
Worst of all, Maroney knows that he's been mediocre as well, because if he didn't there would not be all these excuses and promises that he'll be better the next game etc... Maroney is strictly a north-south runner that unfortunatley runs with his upper body being too high. Furthermore, he tends to go down way too easily. Sure you might point out how he has fought for extra yards during a few games this season, but the thing is that it was just a few games. This is not his rookie season, and there is a track record with this guy, and it leaves a lot to be desired if you ask me.
I think that you give this guy way too much credit because he plays for the Pats. I'm willing to bet if Maroney played for some other team like the Dolphins, Jets, Colts etc..., that you'd be really down on the guy. There is a huge difference in talent with guys like Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson & Steven Jackson over someone like a Maroney. Maroney is decent, he puts up okay stats given the amount of carries that he gets but that's it. The reason he has a limited number of carries has to do with his lack of effectiveness along with the realization that with this guy, he's an injury waiting to happen, as he's demonstrated repeatedly throughout his career.
I apologize for the drug comment above (maybe that was a little harsh). However, Moroney is definately a 2nd or 3rd tier RB, whereas the other RB's that you mentioned are the elite 1st tier RB's. Big difference!