Starting running back: Rice or McGahee?

Starting running back: Rice or McGahee?

There are 10 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Nov 3, 2008, titled Starting running back: Rice or McGahee?. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Ravens coach John Harbaugh wouldn't name his starting running back for Sunday's game at the Houston Texans .

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Smart Coach

Springfield, MO

#1 Nov 3, 2008
By not naming the starters defensive coordinators have to prepare for all opitions, unlike when we had Jamal and most d-cos put 9 men in the box. At least it is fun to watch.

White House, TN

#2 Nov 3, 2008
Rolle has missed alot of time over the passed two seasons.
jon dey

Halifax, Canada

#3 Nov 3, 2008
MaGahee,Rice,Flacco and Smith in the same backfield. How would you defense that!!!
strained bird brain

United States

#4 Nov 3, 2008
Great young offense, only looking up. Maybe McGahee will consider getting in better shape next year and increase his productivity and be ready to play. Schaub is out next week, go D. Sage Rosenfels will offer some fresh meat.
Ken 55

Keystone Heights, FL

#5 Nov 3, 2008
Waive McGahee at the end of the year. Running backs are a dime a dozen. McGahee will become a cancer like Mccallister quickly.

Providence, RI

#6 Nov 3, 2008
While I would love to see Rice be the starter, it probably won't happen just yet. It's all about the money. And Willis has the big contract so he starts.

United States

#7 Nov 3, 2008
Ken 55 wrote:
Waive McGahee at the end of the year. Running backs are a dime a dozen. McGahee will become a cancer like Mccallister quickly.
I just don't get people like this. What the hell does Willis have to do, before these people keep selling him down the river? I mean God Damn, these SAME people were saying "Trade Him" after Willis didn't have a very hot time in the 2007 PRESEASON. Yet he went on to have a great season, earn his first Pro Bowl appearance, etc. etc. He's had a 100+ yd. game this season, and 3 total TDs. Rice has had a 100+ yd. game this season, but currently has 0 TDs (due, admittedly, to some shady BS).

There is a REASON that it's called "The Three Headed Monster", and not "give Rice all the carries, because he had one good game". McGahee is still our leading rusher, but more importantly, all three of our rushers now have over 300 yds. If that were one back taking all those snaps, they now have over 1000 yds. rushing, in 8 games. McGahee didn't play when Rice got his 100 yd. game yesterday, sure. But guess what? Rice barely played when McGahee got his 100 yd. game against Miami. It's called balance, and we have a balanced attack.

But more the HELL can you say that McAlister is "just going to become another cancer"? What possible indication of that do you have? Has he complained ONCE this season, about not getting enough carries, about having to split time with TWO other backs, about people in the press calling him lazy or "injury prone"? No. He hasn't. Not to even a little bit. He has been a warrior, playing in pain to help us win games, and he's done it all with a smile on his face, and a quiet demeanor. If you ask me, he's been one of the biggest TEAM players on this new Harbaugh team, and whether you like it or not, he's gonna be here, and be the starter, for many years to come.

United States

#8 Nov 3, 2008
PS...I obviously meant how can you assume that McGahee is going to become a "cancer", as many are now calling McAlister? That is besides the fact that McAlister is not a "cancer", he's one of the best players we've ever had, and a veteran that should be respected. But when it comes to TEAM players...McGahee is right near the top on this current squad, as far as I'm concerned.

Glen Burnie, MD

#9 Nov 3, 2008
It's nice to have the luxury of three backs that could start for us. I must admit I was disappointed in McGahee for showing up out of shape for camp but he has played well since he got back into the starting lineup. I'm surprised the article doesn't mention Leron McLain. He is a bruiser that can pay big dividends in the forth quarter but it would be interesting to see him get a full workload in a game.
Scott G

Alexandria, VA

#10 Nov 4, 2008
While I know McGahee has a reputation for not being in shape, let's not forget he had a bum knee all offseason and didn't get it operated on until late after getting a second opinion. Perhaps the injury was far more severe than we were ever told, and it prevented him from working out? I am not a McGahee "fan" suck up or anything, but it is a little food for thought. If we can get bye with Rice and McClain this weekend, do it. We have a tough stretch ahead.

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