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Faulk: Carolina or Miami RBs? Go young

The NFL Network is broadcasting Thursday night's game between the Dolphins and Panthers and that game matches what would be an interesting matchup of running backs were Ronnie Brown playing. He is not expect to.

[By the way, Brown is not practicing today while TE Anthony Fasano and CB Will Billingsley were off to the side on their own.]

Anyway, NFLN analyst Marshall Faulk was on a conference call with the media from both cities. So I asked the Pro Football Hall of Fame prospect a hypothetical question:

If he were a general manager building a franchise, which set of running backs would he select for his team? The Dolphins' RBs? Or the Panthers RBs?

"That's a tough decision because I feel like it doesn't really matter which backs you get," Faulk said. "It's based on the quarterback you get. The quarterback will dictate which kind of backs you want to have. [Jonathan] Stewart and [DeAngelo] Williams, if you have a Peyton Manning, it's kind of like, 'Is having those two guys really purposeful?'

"I feel like every back and every set of backs brings something different to the table. I like them all. I like all running backs."

OoooKaaay. As I know when someone is talking in circles, I figured it would be fair to seeks a more legit answer. So I told Faulk, "As a general manager you can't pick every running back."

"As a general manager, I should say, I would definitely go with, and this is where I don't know in this whole makeup, I would take the youngest two," Faulk finally said. "Because I feel I would more time with those guys to build around them ..."

Williams and Stewart, Carolina's tandem, are younger. Williams is only 26 years old and Stewart is 22 years old. Miami's Ronnie Brown is 27 years old and Williams is 32 years old.

But beyond age, wouldn't you pick Williams and Stewart also?

Williams rushed for 1,515 yards last year and is already the Carolina franchise's all-time leading rusher with 3,593 yards in his fourth season. Last season, Stewart gained 836 yards and finished fifth among NFL rookie backs despite having fewer carries than any other back in the top 5.

Brown, who is expected to miss Thursday's game, was a Pro Bowl player in 2008. Williams has recorded 21 career 100-yard games in his Dolphins career, including Sunday's 102-yard performance against Tampa Bay.

This season, Williams and Stewart are so far the NFL's top rushing tandem with 1,326 yards. Brown and Williams are thid with 1,206 yards. And in case you're curious, Chris Johnson and LenDale White are second with 1,295 yards.

[BLOG NOTE: Check back in a bit for updates from today's press conferences and open locker room session.]


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Dolphins D. better bring it for a Thursday Night national audience.

Oh, and how bout' letting Henne off the leash?

Adrian Peterson and Michael Turner...Oh wait...Brown and Williams? Hmmm...Brown cloned!

I would take Brown and R. Williams. Because they add strength to the others weaknesses.

ha. johnson and white shouldn't count. Most of those are Johnsons yards (over 1k of em).

Adrian Peterson and Michael Turner are on different teams, idiot.

Though it pains me to say it, I'd pick the Carolina backs too. I love our backs, but Ronnie is injury-prone (he's been hurt every season except last when he was recovering from surgery). And Ricky WAS great, IS very good, BUT at the end of his career. And with all the antics and suspensions he's had, I don't think you can pick him over a guy that shows up every day, every year. With that said, I think Chad Henne and our receivers/TEs will be the story in Carolina. Their D is weak, and hopefully that means we can air it out some and pick up those "chunk" yards Sparano always talks about.

I'd take Natanhael Doddsworth and NJ PHIN Fan for a rushing team....

Is there nothing more newsworthy to report on Armando than cities and fantasy gm picks??

I realize that Peterson and Turner are on different teams f%$kface, it was supposed to be funny. Eat a d*&k!

Yes Weller, I have the scoop on Dan Marino coming back to play for Miami, but I'm holding off on that for a while and writing stupid filler instead.

Guys, press conferences and interviews happen in the coming hour. Check back for real news soon.

Dan's coming back?! We might win! FINALLY!

jeez lighten up a bit armando

I'm super light. Thus the joke.

Mandy, why didn't you ever respond to my email? Hurt my feelings...


Hire me. I'll edit the crap out of your blog post(s). It pained me to read this. Do you care at all if you're spelling words right at the very least?

I just read on ESPN.com that Dan Marino was coming out of retirement, but of course, they didn't say who the source was. Once again, Armando gets no recognition for breaking a story.

i would take the running backs with the better o line in front of them.

on a different subject Gutsiest call i have ever seen. Most people dont see it because they wouldnt have the guts to do it.

i take the backs with better hands and pass blocking skills wait miami already has them. carolina's rb's are good but not as complete as miami's dynamic duo.

I would take the youngest RB that owned a couple of bibles and sign Ricky in the off season because he is cool. I also like to drink Kool Aid and I get sugar rushes in the afternoon.
Cam Cameron

The fact is while Sparano is OJT (on the job training) the RBs are getting older. They have the shortest shelf life of any position....4-5 years average.

Lets hope Sparano grows a set and makes changes in his staff this off season. They're killing him and he doesn't get it.

Dan's comming back? OMG!!!! What about Duper and Clayton? We don't get much phin news in NC. Please keep us posted.

..... and why is it that these ex-pro future hall of famers cant give an opinon. It's really the second reason I quite watching all these stupid pregame showes. (The first is they spend 83.8% of the time talking about how in love they all are with Brady and Bel-i-cheat)

I mean can't he say, "Hey I love Ron & Rick, but these guys in NC are good and young I'd have to take them"

No, why not? Sounds stupid to me.

Hey DC Finatic- I don' think I'd say their DEF is weak. Before the NO game two weeks ago, they were #1 in the NFL against the pass, now they are fourth. So I wouldn't bet on winning the game through the air.

Dan Henning was run out of town a couple of years ago...so I guess the Phins have us to thank for the wildcat coming to town.

Hopefully Beason has a nice homecoming party. Go Panthers

I had tickets to the Miami Panthers game... I got home to see my fed ex package ripped up and tore to sheds by a stray dog.. AHHHHHHH

You’re on it lately, it is truly better to give than receive;Sh*t that is!

This is your house, Don’t take any of off any of em. Appreciate your updates, Thanks.

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