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Texans' Foster won rushing title with bum knee

Posted on: July 17, 2011 2:33 pm
Edited on: July 17, 2011 3:07 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Texans running back Arian Foster won the NFL rushing title last season, his 1,616 yards 149 yards clear of the next best player, Jamaal Charles. And Foster probably would have added to the total if he had two healthy knees.

The former undrafted running back out of Tennessee told Sporting News that he played the 2010 season with a torn meniscus in his knee and didn't tell anyone because he feared losing his job.

For an idea of just how impressive that is, in addition to winning the rushing title, Foster was also second in the league in total value and value per play among all RBs, according to Football Outsiders (behind just Charles).

The knee has since been fixed, which should mean the Texans' running game will be even more formidable in 2011. Last year's second-round pick, Ben Tate, is healthy after missing the 2010 season with a leg injury, and he and Derrick Ward will share the backup duties behind Foster.

But in today's NFL, there aren't clear delineations between starting running backs and backups. It's a backs-by-committee approach that not only keeps players fresher as the season wears on, but also reduces injuries. And whatever your thoughts on the Curse of 370, there's every reason to believe that Foster's workload should be lightened after he carried the ball 327 times in 2010, all on a bum leg.

But offense hasn't been much of a problem for the Texans in recent seasons. Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson and Foster have made sure of that. It's the defense that has been their Achilles' heel, and that's where new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips comes in. It's easy to laugh at that sentiment, but that's because Phillips looked perpetually out of sorts in his last job as the Cowboys coach (The Costanza-styled puffy coat certainly didn't help).

Phillips was defensive coordinator for the Chargers from 2004-2006, and that unit finished 12th, 16th, and 17th in team defense, according to Football Outsiders.

That's not Dick LeBeau impressive, but it's average or slightly better, which would have been enough to put the Texans in the playoffs at some point in the last four seasons. By comparison, since 2008, Houston's defense has finished 29th, 19th, and 31st. That's unacceptable.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:25 am

Texans' Foster won rushing title with bum knee

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Posted on: December 26, 2011 12:32 pm
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Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: July 18, 2011 8:56 am

Impressive? No, foolish.

When everyone points out that NFL Running Backs are "a dime a dozen", "have a short-shelf life", "have the shortest career", and "play only about five years"-this is how. Foster "feared losing his job" huh,? Another way to say that is Foster, like so many other young players ,was probably given a strong "hint" that to sit out and get healthy might cause him spot on the team. Funny, how teams get away with a form of soft coercion with players "either play or someone takes your spot".

Then some of us wonder why their careers are so short. If he was this good-perhaps the Texans should have actually cared about the kid enough to allow him to get healthy. Instead, they showed that they didn't give amnd about his career only his season. Not a good look, quite frankly. Then the team owners and more than a few fans get mad at players for asking for more money-every player is "greedy".


Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: July 18, 2011 4:54 am

Texans' Foster won rushing title with bum knee

Arian Foster won the rushing title despite playing on a bum knew. Jamaal Charles lost it despite averaging 6.4 yards per carry. Which of those do you think is the more impressive achievement?

Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: July 18, 2011 2:10 am

Texans' Foster won rushing title with bum knee

This story makes me curious how many teams have a running back buried on their roster who is better than the running backs they intend to play. Don't coaches get paid to evaluate talent and win games? Why do they refuse to give a chance to a player like Foster unless every player in front of him dies?

Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: July 18, 2011 12:48 am

Texans' Foster won rushing title with bum knee

He can thank Chiefs coach (something) Haley for his extreme Man-Love for Thomas Jones. But I am a fan of Foster he is awesome, and so is Charles. Chris Johnson needs to get the heck up field and stop dancing around in one spot waiting for the the red sea to suddenly part.

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: July 17, 2011 10:01 pm

Texans' Foster won rushing title with bum knee

Congrats is definately deserved here. Showing his toughness....just imagine if Houston didn't have him last year. They would have been really bad.

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: July 17, 2011 8:41 pm

Texans' Foster won rushing title with bum knee

The Texans are a team that's on the rise. All that they need is step-up their game when it comes to their defense,and maybe get a decent RB to pair up with Foster. Now Wade Phillips might not be a good HC,but he's a very good DC and has that credentials to back it up. I also feel that they need to add another WR to go along with Johnson in order to take some of the pressure off of him. If they do that,then it will really open up their passing game as far as the outside goes and they will be able to utilize the TE even more. If I'm not mistaken,don't they have a TE who was very good? I can't remember his name,but I think that his name is Daniels. Also,the Texans need to start off strong as well as finish strong. As of lately they seem to hover around the .500 mark.

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: July 17, 2011 8:22 pm

Texans' Foster won rushing title with bum knee

Charles was a "distant" second but had a much better yards per attempt.  This article is praising Foster for what he can do on one bad knee, but all I can see is that he is gonna have a short shelf life the way he takes care of himself.  More attempts on a bad knee.  

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