RB Roundtable: Jones-Drew, Peterson and Turner open up
In case you haven't noticed, the NFL has become a passing league. The evidence lies in the numbers. Last season, 10 quarterbacks threw for 4,000 or more yards -- including three (Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford) who eclipsed the 5,000-yard plateau -- and 28 of the 32 teams called more passing plays than running plays.
But no team can win forever just by chucking the ball. You still have to have a running game.
"Running the ball is just as important as anything," said Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who led the league in rushing (1,606 yards) last year. "People can say it's a passing league, but look at the stats of the teams who go on runs late in the year and are winning. You can't be one-dimensional in this league. You have to have a run, a play-action pass and a dropback pass. It's what they call 3D."
Jones-Drew, the Vikings' Adrian Peterson and the Falcons' Michael Turner spoke to SI.com recently in a running backs roundtable that covered a variety of topics: