The Miami Dolphins decided to pass on a number of running backs in the off-season that can be considered "workhorse" backs. Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon were both available at a certain price, and the Dolphins passed on the runners.
Why? Perhaps several reasons. I'd like to think it is because the plan is not to get a 25+ carry running back like, say, a Marshawn Lynch. In fact, he can be called the last "workhorse" back to lead a team to a Super Bowl title.
With the exception of about four others to add to Lynch, they are the only running backs to say they are that "workhorse" for the champions since the 2000 season. Jamal Lewis of the 2000 Ravens, Antoine Smith and Corey Dillon in separate Patriot title runs, and you can make the argument for Ray Rice as well as Lynch as season bell-cows. Jerome Bettis in the Steelers Super Bowl had a ton of help from Willie Parker, so you can argue five or six, maximum, since 2000.
With rumors floating about a Dalvin Cook hold-out and potential trade partners, count out Miami, as Jordan Howard, Matt Breida, Patrick Laird and X-Factor rookie Malcolm Perry are the RBBC the Dolphins need for Patriot-like success, for the long haul.
The Front Office series continues, as Jason Sarney of www.Phinmaniacs.com builds the squad.
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