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    Could Bettis survive and thrive in today's NFL

    Maybe your quick answer is, well yeah of course! Maybe it's, no way! Either way you can make a case for a back like Jerome Bettis trying to thrive in today's pass happy NFL. There's only a few select teams that really put an emphasis on running the ball now like most teams did 10-20 years ago, and further back.

    The Vikings make a conscience effort to run with Peterson, to set up the pass. The 49ers run the Pistol Offense; 1 back set behind the QB who is also off the line. They can run or pass out of that, and Gore has had a good year. Still though, Bettis is a power back that got better as the game went on, getting 25 carries a game with a FB leading the way, and by the time the 4th quarter came a long he was running over people.

    Hell the Ratbirds have a good FB and a good RB on their team and they still don't use them the way teams did in the past.

    Teams aren't that patient now IMO; they want to score a lot of points and score quickly. Some may want to run late in the game to seal the win, IE the Vikings again for example, but more and more teams are wanting to pass as much as possible to put more distance between them and the other team.

    Would the Steelers be patient enough to utilize a bruising RB now or would they just try and use him in spot duty like they do with Dwyer and Redman? Maybe he gets a series here and there where they run predominantly but they'll always go back to the pass sooner or later.

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    the coming out of Notre Dame Bettis? Yea, definitely
    the prime of his career early/mid 90s Bettis? Yea, definitely
    the post 1997 Bettis? No, Not a chance

    People have a very misconstrued picture of post '97 Bettis. When Quick and Powerful Bettis, became Fat and Powerful Bettis, his YPC dropped in a big way. The "3 yards, move the ball" type of back he became is irrelevant in football today.

    You can be a team that wins by running the ball consistently, but you have to have talent that can pick up chunks, make impact plays, be a game changer.
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    Also, post 97' Bettis would've been dropped by 95 percent of teams when he started getting hurt every other year.
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    Bettis would do well today because the surface changed from turf to natural. Bettis wasn't a turf runner, he'd do well on grass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weakdraft View Post
    Bettis would do well today because the surface changed from turf to natural. Bettis wasn't a turf runner, he'd do well on grass.
    On top of my head I counted that right around half the stadiums around the league is currently utilizing some sort of artificial turf, and the trend is towards more stadiums using it. So not quite sure where you get that from.
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    out of ND and in his prime bettis was pure man beast, when he let himself go and was a fat back he still had sweet feet and was a load to bring down.

    His vision in footwork would allow him to play in todays league still for sure, not like when he was vulturing TDs from duce but when he was a sculpted man beast people forgot how good he was

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    Bettis was fat and out of shape badly from 2002-2005.

    1996 Bettis, 1997 Bettis was the 2nd coming of Earl Cambell. Big, but not fat and could run and have breakaway speed.

    He had a revival in 2001 before he hurt that groin. Not as nimble as 96-97 but much better than 1998-2000 was and way lighter than he was from 2002-2005.

    2002-2005 Bettis would get swallowed up in this era. 1996-1997 could play in any era.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JensK View Post
    On top of my head I counted that right around half the stadiums around the league is currently utilizing some sort of artificial turf, and the trend is towards more stadiums using it. So not quite sure where you get that from.
    I was talking about rugs. The rugs went away, and suddenly no great RB's.
    Bettis didn't need a rug, sooooo many of the others did need a rug.

    But, the rugs went away, and the torn ACL a week went away too.

    We went from torn ACL every week, to a concussion every week, because we lost the rugs.

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    Stupid question. Of course he would.
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    Good points everyone, the different versions of Bettis could perhaps have thrived in today's NFL. You just don't see his type of back being drafted anymore though but his quick feet and power, man that sure would be nice to have now.

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