Can you imagine what this offense would be like with an awesome running game with a rejuvenated Chris Johnson? He'd have holes opening up left and right no matter who was playing guard if Peyton Manning were his quarterback. Teams would finally have to take eight men out of the box and respect the passing game as an equal threat.
Then again, maybe the connection between the two isn't as strong as we think it is.
Before we start this, I'd like to say that whatever I end up uncovering is bound to have plenty of counterpoints that can refute it. As it stands today, it is a little bit tougher to get a read on NFL players as individuals as opposed to, say, MLB players because the sample size is small and because running back in particular is a position that relies very heavily on its' offensive line to be successful. Consequently, my findings should not be taken as definitive proof as to whether running backs with better QB's will put up better numbers or whether they won't. With that out of the way, let's begin.
First, we should identify some of the NFL's top quarterbacks. For the sake of the argument, I'll list seven because it's not a multiple of five which means somebody's OCD is going to go crazy when they see it because we love the base-ten counting system for some reason. Now last time I made a list of top players, it seemed to go over pretty well, here's hoping MCM is on board with these guys too.
- Drew Brees
- Aaron Rodgers
- Tom Brady
- Matt Stafford
- Eli Manning
- Ben Roethlisberger
- Tony Romo (DEAL WITH IT)