Carroll: Offseason Outlook for RBs
Larry Johnson -- He ran more than any running back in history. He's likely to lose more of his line next season and will have a QB controversy to deal with in the offseason. You can't expect Herm Edwards to change how he does things or for him to read next year's Pro Football Prospectus, one that will surely remind you of the 370 Carries Law. Johnson remains an elite back, but unless you're willing to bet that he's Eric Dickerson, the only player to overcome the 370 Law, you'd better pass (something the Chiefs should consider doing more.)
Brian Westbrook -- Westbrook went from being someone whose name was in my column every week to someone who was at the top of the fantasy points chart every week. That happened in large part because of the Eagles' medical staff. They convinced Andy Reid to hold Westbrook out a week, allowing them to get ahead of his knee problem. That done, they managed not only to stay ahead of it, but Westbrook's knee improved so much that offseason surgery, once a foregone conclusion, doesn't look necessary now. Westbrook probably won't have a long career, but if you're looking to next season, it's hard to say he won't be among the elite again, even with his risk level.
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