The evidence of the RB competition comes out
I called the dynamic between Ronnie Brown and Jesse Chatman a "building competition." Now, a lot of guys on here suggested I'm just stirring up a RB controversy. Others dismissed the post as me being negative about Brown.
Well, I am now going to share with you what Cam Cameron said Sunday afternoon about the RB situation.
On if he wants Ronnie Brown to be able to break a run when he gets behind the defense – “That’s a loaded question. It’s a fair question. Ronnie Brown, beating the ground after that run, I think spoke for itself. At some point in time, all of us, not just Ronnie Brown, you’ve got to continue to improve. You get better or you get worse. I’m looking forward to seeing him come out and continue to run. The evaluation of Ronnie Brown is far from over, far from over. He’s an ascending player. When you are the second pick of the draft, the expectations are so unrealistic, and then a guy like LaDainian Tomlinson sets that bar so high. Like I’ve told all you guys, and I think you guys agree, they’re all different. That’s what happens to those high-round draft picks – the expectations get so far out there, it’s almost if they do well, they’re looked at as a failure. My focus on Ronnie Brown is what he is, and let’s see how much he can get incrementally better. That’s my evaluation of him. Otherwise, it just gets out of whack.”
On if he wants Brown to be able to score when he gets behind the defense as he did in KC – “It’s a fair question. You make a good point. It’s the pressure that goes, number one, with being a starting running back in the National Football League. The expectation is when you’re in the open field, that’d better be a house call. Everybody wants that, but fortunately, there’ve been some teams that have won championships without a guy that can go the distance. That doesn’t mean you can’t be successful. The bottom line is how tough is a guy, how smart is a guy and how durable is he. There’s a lot of good backs in this business that didn’t run to the end zone every time they got into the open, but you can count on them, they were tough they got you the tough yards, they get you the fourth-and-one. The third-and-two the other night – if he doesn’t make that play, he doesn’t get the opportunity to break in the open later in that series. Ronnie Brown is an ascending player who just needs to keep improving, and that is not what any of you people want to hear. I understand that, but that is the reality of it.”
On if he is considering giving Chatman more playing time – “If I’m sitting where you’re sitting, I’m thinking, ‘Here’s my opportunity to at least make him think I’m reading between the lines.’ Don’t read anything between the lines, I can tell you that right now. But I will tell you this – our best running back will play. That hasn’t changed, and that’s consistent with what I’ve always said. Our best running back is going to play. You just keep practicing and playing the games. I don’t see anything you don’t see for the most part, and our best running back is going to be the guy. The running back that gives us the best chance to win is going to play, and I can already read what’s going to be written tomorrow. We have a group of running backs, and I’ll tell you what – has anybody seen Patrick Cobbs? You can say all you want – it’s the end of the game and all that stuff – but speed and quickness and north and south and smarts and toughness and hanging onto the football is what that position is all about. I’m not saying anything to you that I haven’t said to our team. Competition brings out the best in everybody. If you don’t rise to the level of the competition, it speaks volumes about you, and that’s okay. We have competition at tailback, and we have competition at fullback. All of you know that, you just wanted me to say it. They know that, and you can write it. Feel free to write it because we’ve said that from day one.”
On who has been the back running back in training camp thus far – “We’re not to that point where we would say that. The competition is ongoing. That’s why we’re putting different guys back to run kicks back. As you well know, it’s good for the Miami Dolphins. Competition brings everybody’s level up, and it builds depth because very seldom does one back make it through the whole season. We want to be in a position where if our starting back goes down, we don’t miss a beat. We go right in with the next guy. That’s what I’m accustomed to. When Terry Allen went down, Stephen Davis came in. When LaDainian Tomlinson was nicked up, in comes up Michael Turner and Jesse Chatman, Chatman first, then Michael Turner. You need at least two good backs in this system, and we’re building some depth at that position. To me, that’s exciting.”
OK, now you decide if there is a competition at RB (AS I TOLD YOU A WEEK AGO) or there really isn't.