An unbreakable record

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With running back Landainian Tomlinson signing a one day contract and calling it a career Sunday one question popped in my mind. That being will anyone ever break the National Football League career rushing yards record held by former Dallas Cowboy running back Emmitt Smith.

Smith holds the record with 18,355 yards rushing, but the thing is he played for 15 years. Being born on May 15th, 1969 that means Smith played until he was almost 36 years old. Something that is really unheard of today in the NFL, but that isn’t the main reason why it will never be broken.

The main problem is the fact that the game has completely changed from the 1990’s. During that time the teams ran the ball more than they passed. In today’s game it is completely the opposite as now teams pass more than run.

A good example is the fact that in Smith’s career he carried the football more than 350 times in a single year three times in 1991, 1994 and 1995.  With Tomlinson now retired there are only three running backs in the entire NFL that have more than 350 carries in a single season who are  Atlanta Falcon Michael Turner (376 in 2008), Minnesota Viking Adrian Peterson (363 in 2008) and Tennessee Titan Chris Johnson (358 in 2009), and they have each only did it once.

Well if those statistics didn’t convince you then how about the fact that the last running  back to carry the ball more than 35o times in back to back years was former Seattle Seahawk Shaun Alexander in 2004 and 2005. Or the fact that no running back has had over 350 carries in the last two years.

One of the things that is contributing to this is the fact that teams like to use two running backs with one getting 20-25 and the other getting 10-15. During Smith’s time teams mainly used one running back with a couple of hand offs a game to a full back, which was around like five carries a game with the running back getting 30.

In the end, nobody is going to break Smith’s record unless  they are really talented at making people miss and extremely durable to withstand all the hits over a career.

 

Sabres are a good example

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The Buffalo Sabres this prior to this past season went and made a bunch of moves and despite all those moves still didn’t make the National Hockey League playoffs. They serve as a good example to Buffalo Bills fans.

The Bills themselves also made some noise recently by signing defensive ends Mario Williams and Mark Anderson. Then in the National Football League Draft added another cornerback in Stephon Gilmore and a left tackle in Cordy Glenn.

The thing is they are all new additions to the Bills. So, the full impact of the moves won’t be felt for years to come.

The first reason is that draft picks take several years to fully develop. There are some draft picks that make big impacts right away, but they are usually the first few players taken at the top of the Draft. The other is the little things called chemistry and experience.

The two are important in the fact that they work hand in hand and allow fellow teammates to cover for each other if one messes up, and a good example is linebackers in a 4-3 defense.  Lets say there is a run off tackle and the outside linebacker on the side that the play is running shoots the gap to try and make the tackle in the backfield but misses. An experienced middle linebacker in a group that has played together for a while would know that outside linebacker tends to do just that on that play, and runs down the line of scrimmage to make the tackle.

The Bills for the most part a very young team and are just learning how to win and be successful. That means they may improve. Just not enough to the liking of Bills fans.

In the end, unless the Bills win four games or less, Bills fans should be prepared for Gailey to be here in 2013 even if they don’t make the playoffs.