Arizona Cardinals: Lets Make a Change at Running Back


Sep 29, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Leonard Johnson (29) chases down Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall (28) during the first half of the game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals running game could use a pick me up. Rashard Mendenhall is the starting running back but I would like to see a change. Mendenhall has rushed 52 time so far and only has 176 yards. He has averaged 3.4 yards a carry and has fumbled twice. His longest rush is only 11 yards and his averaging 44 yards a game.

Andre Ellington has only rushed 11 times and has 68 yards, averaging 6.2 yards a carry. His longest rush was for 25 yards and if you crunch the numbers, Ellington would have just over 300 yards on the season if he has carried the ball 52 times averaging six yards a carry. I`d like to see Ellington start splitting Mendenhall`s carries while keeping what he would be getting.

Alfonso Smith has carried the ball 16 times for 54 yards and is averaging 3.4 yards as well and Stepfan Taylor has only seen one carry. Ryan Williams has`nt seen any carries and I`m wondering why. Is he being saved so if someone gets injured? Is he Arians secret weapon for a rainy day? A combination of both or is Arians trying to shop him and can`t do so if he`s injured?

I do like the backs the Cardinals have, I just want to see different ones on the field more often than some have. Williams is an explosive player and it boggles my mind that he has`nt seen any action. While I`m really not a fan of Mendenhall but his 3.4 yards average is good enough to keep him on any team and I`ll take it.

If it was up to me, I would have Ellington starting, move Williams up to back up just because of his talent, then Mendenhall, Smith, and Taylor. I believe just those two changes would make this offense so much better just from the stand point of how defenses would have to play against them, but that`s just me.