Hat Tip: Blogging the Boys.
Sports Illustrated predicted the top 10 Running Back Tandems in the NFL and the two headed Portis Betts Monster landed #3:
Together we won't really know what we have until both are on the field with significant time. Betts went crazy at the end of '06 averaging nearly 130 yards per game in the final six of the season and putting up an incredible 5 YPC average in December. I should note that the team switched to a zone blocking scheme that clearly worked and I am excited to see Portis explore that scheme as well.
An amigo of mine asked whether the emergence of Betts would pose any ego problems in the backfield. I was totally comfortable claiming no, as we have a unique system in Washington with a unique back in Portis. I think he understands that career durability is a function of how hard the player is worked and he is one of the few (as far as I can tell) RBs who essentially puts himself in and out of the game. Portis spells himself when needed and has absolutely no problem catching a breather so that Betts can come in and work against a tired line. I know this arrangement flustered Saunders at times during the season, but ultimately I think it's a positive as it will increase the longevity of both backs. Had Betts not emerged this season I might be concerned about it, but it was clear given our running game sans Portis last year that we'll survive in big games even when he's on the sideline resting.
I will emphatically repeat that I want both Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts on this team in '07, '08, and beyond.