In 2010, the Miami Dolphins had two veteran running backs — Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown. But, we all know that the ground game left something to be desired. Some blame it on the age of the duo. Others blame it on the Offensive Line. However, both Ricky and Ronnie are free agents. The question is … when the NFL labor dispute is settled (notice my optimism), will the Dolphins try to keep Ricky, Ronnie, Neither or Both? Let’s take a look at the numbers.
First, let’s take a look at their background information. It is interesting that they are roughly the same height and weight. They were both first round draft picks. Ricky is 4 years older and has carried the ball 2,323 times over his career, whereas Ronnie has carried the ball 1,128 times (about half the amount).
Next, let take a look at their rushing stats in 2010. Ronnie carried the ball more (41 more times), but Ricky had the better yards per attempt. Ronnie had a better TD/Fumble ratio. But, Ricky had more 20+ yard gains.
Finally, let’s take a look at their rushing stats over the last three years. It is interesting that they carried the ball almost an equal number of times. Ronnie was the featured back over these three years, but missed 7 games in 2009 due to injury. Ricky had a better yards per attempt. But, Ronnie had a better TD/Fumble ratio.
I believe that the Dolphins will NOT keep both of them. Combined, they are too expensive and too old. It is time to get a rookie into the mix and start a new era. However, I think there is some benefit to keeping one of them for continuity sake — especially if the labor dispute drags on — and as a mentor with organizational knowledge. Ricky has more mileage, but this has been spread out over years to include a couple leave years. Ronnie comes with more risk due to his propensity to get injured. But, Ricky shot his mouth off at managment. Ricky has a better yards per attempt. But, Ronnie has a better TD/Fumble ratio. I think it may come down to the fact that Ricky will be cheaper than Ronnie due to his age.
So, what do you think?