The running back (RB) is a key member of the offensive unit who can often be the difference maker in key situations, just look at the Ray Rice reception back in the 2012 season playoffs:
For me the running back or tail back as they are often known is the third most important member of the offense behind the quarterback (QB) and left tackle (LT). I can assure you that one of future lessons will cover the offensive line and left tackle to explain why a great LT is so invaluable to any team.
Anyway now back to the running back and like most of the skill positions you can get different types of back. Firstly you have the power back who is not necessarily known for their speed but more their ability to shed tackles without even breaking stride!
On our podcast ‘Spitball’ we often refer to the power back as a ‘Thunder’ back. At the bottom of the page we will show you some clips of the power backs in today's league.
Next we have the lightning back or as they are referred to on our podcast, the flash back. These running backs are known for their blistering pace and cutting ability which is likely to break defenders ankles!
Finally the great thing about the NFL running back is that every so often you get a freak running back who possesses both of the above attributes making them a complete nightmare to defend against.
It is great to see that even in this pass dominated league an amazing running back can be the biggest difference maker, just look at Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs last season!
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Click the picture to view the highlights from www.vikings.com