Ricky Williams: With the exception of his first year in 2002 gaining 1853 yards and averaging an amazing 4.8 yards a carry, most of his contributions will be forgotten. What is likely to be recalled is the failed drug tests and the unforgivable act of leaving just prior to the start of the season in 2004. I too was upset by the way he left, but have some understanding of the situation. If you look back to RW’s day’s in Texas, his “anxiety disorder’ was evident. Remember all the media interviews he did wearing his helmet? I am not saying that is an excuse to what he did to the team, but having some limited knowledge of psychology, makes it somewhat believable and for me, forgivable . Now on to RB.
Ronnie Brown: Without question the Auburn Tigers had the most lethal backfield in the SEC and country in 2004. They had Carnell “Caddilac” Williams and RB running the ball. The Fins drafted 2nd overall and was looking for a RB. To my joy they took RB over Williams. Tampa took Caddilac with the 5th overall selection. I loved the pick then, but not as much today (I just don’t take a RB that high). That is just part of the risk drafting a RB. You just never know.
RB has had an injury plagued career (broken left hand, knee injury), but has remained a solid team player and to the best of my knowledge, kept his nose clean. His best year stat wise was arguably 2007 when he averaged over 5 yards a carry, but in 2008 he carried for almost twice the carries (from 119 to 214) and his average only dropped from 5.1 to 4.3. Remember also, RB has been a threat catching the ball with his best years being from 2006 to 2008 where he averaged as much as 10 yards a catch. Like RW, he too suffered from the organizations inability to create a balanced offense and find a upper level QB.
In closing, I thought we would keep one of the two, preferably RW. RB has seemed to have lost his power and speed. I am almost certain he never fully recovered from the knee injury. I also believe the organization is headed in the right direction, but feel we are 2-3 years away from making a serious push to win the AFC East. I pray I am wrong, but until the QB position is settled, things remain….well “unsettled”. While most pollsters like the addition of Reggie Bush, my feeling is that by the time the offense is able to beat the competition in our division, it will be past Mr. Bush’s to effectively contribute.
Best of luck Mr. Brown and Mr. Williams.