Here are the current rushing average of featured running backs of their respective teams through Week 7 of the NFL season
Larry Johnson 2.7 yds - Team 1-6
Steve Jackson 4.4 yds - Team 0-7
Chris Johnson 6.3 yds - Team 0-6
Ronnie Brown 4.5 yds - Team 2-4
Brandon Jacobs 3.9 yds - Team 5-2
Michael Turner 3.4 yds - Team 4-2
Knowshown Moreno 3.8 yds - Team 6-0
Steve Slaton 3.1 yds - Team 4-3
Joseph Addai 3.3 yds - Team 6-0
Asking why I posted and chose these backs? The difference between backs with great rushing average and backs with bad rushing average will not determined the success of their teams. Note here that every back in that list with less than 4.0 yds average with a winning record have something in common - multiple threats - its not just about the running back. Most of them have a good/great QB. (with exception to Denver) I also want to point out that the winning teams have a very good coach. Its evident with Den unless some may argue its the talent.
We all want to point the fingers at LJ for not producing thus not helping us win. What about the other RBs I have on the list with amazing rushing averages? What do they all have in common? Yes - no other offensive threat other than their RB. On top of that, they have a mediocre QB. At this point, you have to admit that Cassel is not worth the money given to him. Rams have Bulger, Fins have Henne, Titans have Collins but all three teams possess a "STUD" running back . Many have called out LJ for not being able to run and not having great averages this season. I wanted to show you guys that despite having a STUD RB, you will still suck. The fact that we are all so quick to find a scapegoat in LJ is simply because he screwed up in the past and pissed off more than his share of media.
Without LJ in the backfield each week, I can guarantee that KC will have ZERO chance of being competitive. ZERO! Defenses gameplan to stop LJ and without LJ, they will have to try and stop who? Succop?