Philadelphia Eagles: Brian Westbrook Should No Longer Be the Featured Back


Published: March 30, 2009


... There have been other running backs who have gotten some carries, but for the most part, he’s been the featured back.

This needs to change, and it needs to change now.

Over the past few years, Westbrook has been unreliable from week-to-week, and has been average at best when it comes to running between the tackles. He’s still an explosive outside runner and an unbelievable talent in the passing game, and should be utilized in that way.

The Eagles need to take a page from the NFC-rival Carolina Panther’s playbook on this one. They realized that while DeAngelo Williams is a fantastic talent, he is too small to carry the load of an NFL season on his back. Enter Jonathan Stewart and you can see the obvious explosion in Williams’ production for 2008.

Williams is younger than Westbrook, but he’s also not the same in terms of talent. In his prime, I don’t think many would argue that Westbrook was the better runni...

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