The more you look around, the more you see teams going to a two-back system. I know that “running back by committee” has been around for ever, but that’s more of an acknowledgment that none of your backs are any good than anything else.
Two back teams:
New England (usually)
Seattle (for now)
Pittsburgh (at least, that was the plan, before Mendenhall got fumbleitis and got hurt)
New York Giants
There are hardly any bell-cow guys left. Tomlinson, Portis, Turner, Ryan Grant, Frank Gore, Steven Jackson and Brian Westbrook.
So, is this a statistical blip, or the way of things to come?