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Offline Zero2Cool  
#26 Posted : Friday, July 18, 2014 2:33:03 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: yooperfan Go to Quoted Post
Brockington averaged 5.1 in his 1st year in 1971 and 3.3 in his last year in 74.
He was toast after 3 years.


And that makes me lean more towards it was due to John Brockington, not being "run into the ground". And during those four years I mentioned, it was only a 14 game season so even less wear and tear.
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#27 Posted : Saturday, July 19, 2014 4:44:43 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: uffda udfa Go to Quoted Post
Adrian Peterson had 1406 NFL carries and tore his knee to shreds the season before he rushed for over 2000 yards.

Brockington had 1347 carries for his entire career. Peterson had Brockington's career total and 59 more carries BEFORE he fell a few yards short of the NFL single season rushing record.

If Brockington was "toast" it was because he didn't properly take care of his body. John Riggins had nearly 3000 carries in his NFL career.


Perhaps he didn't take care of his body (although he looked like he was chiseled from stone) or perhaps he just lost his passion for the game (he had a lot of miles on him coming out of Ohio State).

At any rate my feeling is Lacy's career is likely to mirror Brockingtons where he wears out physically or loses his passion to play.

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#28 Posted : Saturday, July 19, 2014 6:02:51 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Zero2Cool Go to Quoted Post
And that makes me lean more towards it was due to John Brockington, not being "run into the ground". And during those four years I mentioned, it was only a 14 game season so even less wear and tear.


Yes but more "carries per game."
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#29 Posted : Saturday, July 19, 2014 6:08:14 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: nerdmann Go to Quoted Post
Yes but more "carries per game."


How do you figure?
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#30 Posted : Saturday, July 19, 2014 11:10:09 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: yooperfan Go to Quoted Post
Perhaps he didn't take care of his body (although he looked like he was chiseled from stone) or perhaps he just lost his passion for the game (he had a lot of miles on him coming out of Ohio State).

At any rate my feeling is Lacy's career is likely to mirror Brockingtons where he wears out physically or loses his passion to play.



As to Brockington... AD had a ton of wear coming out of Oklahoma. AD has incredible passion...I don't know enough about Brockington to know if he had the same.

As to Lacy, the closest current comparison back would be Marshawn Lynch...that dude has back problems. He's carried it 1753 times and still is extremely effective. I don't know that Marshawn is a guy who loves football, either.

To me, Lacy seems to enjoy the NFL some. If his attitude stays good there's no reason he can't carry as much and for as long as Marshawn Lynch. I would say 4-5 more good seasons out of Eddie would be a reasonable expectation. It'll be interesting to see what kind of deal we offer him if he's still playing at a high level when his contract is up in a few seasons.
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#31 Posted : Saturday, July 19, 2014 11:15:21 AM(UTC)
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Whenever I hear about Lacy being disinterested in play pro football, I can't help but think of former NFL players who, after 6-8 years in the league, their bodies burned out and unemployed struggled to find something in life post-football. As far as I'm concerned, the guy as a far broader view on life than most football players. He realizes that football isn't the end and be all to life and wants something a little bit more. Good for him but potentially bad for the Packers.
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#32 Posted : Saturday, July 19, 2014 3:22:33 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Mucky Tundra Go to Quoted Post
Whenever I hear about Lacy being disinterested in play pro football, I can't help but think of former NFL players who, after 6-8 years in the league, their bodies burned out and unemployed struggled to find something in life post-football. As far as I'm concerned, the guy as a far broader view on life than most football players. He realizes that football isn't the end and be all to life and wants something a little bit more. Good for him but potentially bad for the Packers.


Getting a handful of good seasons from a bruising running back is about all I would really be hoping for as a general manager. I would always be on the look out for good running backs that fell in the draft, kind of like Carlos Hyde did for the 49'ers or Lacy last year for the Packers. Take a good one when he is good value, because the ones you have probably won't last for too long. There are always exceptions, but they do not define the norm.

The running back position may be devalued in today's NFL, but a good one can completely change an offense. The Packers are a good example of that recently.
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