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Who would you rather have: Best Running Back or Best Quarterback?

Best Tickets released an analysis on the evolution of the NFL today and it’s a very interesting read on how teams have gradually adapted to more pass-happy offenses over the years with a significant spike over the past three or four years.  The entire article is very data-driven, but you don’t have to be a huge statistical nerd to gather the information.  The author, Andrew Powell-Morse very easily and succinctly delivers the data in a clear way and I highly recommend you check it out.

It’s particularly interesting when you consider the Vikings current predicament.  Minnesota boasts the best running back in all of football, Adrian Peterson.  He’s a work horse who really stands in a league by himself when it comes to the current stable of NFL runners.  He ran for 2,097 yards last season and has already surpassed over 9,000 yards rushing over his seven year career.  If there’s anyone who will come close to Emmitt Smith’s all-time career rushing record of 18,355, it’s AP.

Nonetheless, Peterson has only won one playoff game in his career, that occurring on January 17, 2010 when Minnesota blew out Dallas 34-3.  That Vikings team was led by none other than Brett Favre, a hall of fame quarterback in the twilight of his career.  The Vikings lost to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers last season and while the Pack are sitting at 1-2 this season, the majority of fans are not worried because they have a franchise signal caller.  Meanwhile, Minnesota is sitting at 1-3 and already have replaced Christian Ponder for Matt Cassel.

So the question is, considering all of Peterson’s exploits, would you rather have him or a stud franchise quarterback?  It’s a difficult dilemma because we see AP on a weekly basis just devour defenses, as he did in London yesterday.  But the quarterback is clearly the most valuable position in the league, as evidenced by Best Tickets’ article.

Let’s hope soon the Vikings can solve their quarterback position and have the best of both worlds.


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4 Responses to “Who would you rather have: Best Running Back or Best Quarterback?”

  1. dynalee10 says:

    Thats a no brainer , this is a QB driven league enough said !

  2. Fisher says:

    Quarterbacks get protected far more and therefor have longer careers, and more of the effectiveness of an offense hinges on the minute details of QB play, far moreso than even a thrilling running back like Peterson can offer in the way of contributing to wins.

    Don’t trade Peterson, but the VIkings need a franchise QB more than anything, even defensive depth.

  3. I’m sorry, but I’m greedy. I want the best of both worlds. I LOVE PURPLE JESUS!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME? G.O.A.T. BUT, we, as everyone knows, have a looonng history of bad quarterbacks, with a VERY FEW EXCEPTIONS. Logic dictates that there is no argument whatsoever whether we NEED a franchise QB. Hell, if Casell could continue to start, ( despite that INSENSITIVE MORON of a head coach’s comments ), and perform like he did Sunday in London, let HIM have the starting job. For the time being, anyway, but I’d STILL
    go after the best QB I could grab in next years’ draft, even if it involved some wrangling of trading up, down, whatever. I mean, Casell looked good Sunday, and no one can say how long he could keep that up, AND he’s
    no spring chicken anymore, so, realistically, we do need one of those rare potential HOF’ers under center…but, as this post began…for God’s sake, make it so that we can keep #28 too!! SKOL VIKINGS!!!!!!

  4. Fisher says:

    purplereign57, I agree. Keep Peterson, Cassel gets the job for the rest of the season and through next year (barring a significant failure in play quality), aim as high in the draft as possible next year for another shot at a potential franchise QB and develop him. Ponder is not the future for the Vikings. Of course, though, keep purple jesus. Of course.

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