11 Oct 2005
I have mixed feelings about this. Miami Dolphins head coach Nick Saban says now that Ricky Williams is back from a four-game suspension, he might use both Williams and rookie running back Ronnie Brown on the field at the same time. That would entail either one of them in the backfield and one lined up as a slot, or one as the fullback and one as the tailback in an I formation. The problem, as I see it, is that these are two guys who were brought in to do one thing: Run the ball. Since only one player can run the ball at a time, the other one is extraneous. And I think the Dolphins would be better off having an actual receiver in the slot or an actual fullback at fullback.
I realize, though, that Ronnie Brown has plenty of experience sharing a backfield, which he did with Cadillac Williams at Auburn. And Ricky Williams actually started his career at Texas as a fullback, although at the time the Texas offense gave its fullback plenty of carries. What do you think? Does it make sense to play both of these guys at the same time?
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