The Cleveland Browns Need Another Running Back, Not Another Jamal Lewis

February 24, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Now that Jamal Lewis has been cut, the last thing the Browns should even think of doing is bringing in LaDainian Tomlinson or Brian Westbrook.
Lewis became the poster child for what happens to workhorse running backs who commit the crime of turning 30 in today’s NFL. Lewis had a great career, but all the pounding and all the mileage caught up with him last year.
Lewis’ speed practically vanished overnight as the Browns training camp opened last August. Lewis tried to downplay his inability to hit holes during preseason, passing it off as not going full-out in a preseason game.
That explanation felt weak, and his subsequent inability to make it through his own line, especially the left side, was a glaring weakness in an already suspect offense.
Lewis averaged 3.5 yards per carry in nine games, going for 500 yards and no touchdowns.
Tomlinson and Westbrook both are 30 and both have had great careers. Like Lewis, though,...

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