I can't be the only person who's tired of the stories about how the Vikings could or should ditch AP, right guys? All these sorry excuses of AP doesn't fit what Norv's does on offense, his style of offense, AP is getting too old or will be overpaid. I'm here to say, all of this is a huge pile of horse manure. I will prove this by pointing to all of the offenses that Norv has ever OC'd for. I won't go into his head coaching experiences because he had to worry some about defenses, special teams, total game plans, and didn't get to just focus on his forte of offense and offensive game planning. His seasons of being an offensive coordinator are '91-'93 in Dallas, '01 in San Diego, '02-'03 in Miami, '06 in San Francisco and '13 in Cleveland. Norv has always used his running backs a lot.
Dallas in '91, Emmitt Smith as 365 carries and 49 receptions of over 1800 yards from scrimmage. Nobody else has more than 20 carries on the season. Dallas in '92, Emmit Smith has 373 carries and 59 receptions for over 2000 yards from scrimmage. The next guy has 49 carries and 3 receptions. Dallas in '93, Smith misses 2 games, only has 283 carries and 57 receptions for 1900 yards exactly. The next guy had 75 carries and 9 receptions for 300+ yards.
San Diego in '01, LaDanian Tomlinson has 339 carries and 59 receptions for over 1600 yards from scrimmage.
Miami in '02, Ricky Williams has 383 carries and 47 receptions for over 2200 yards from scrimmage. The next guy had 44 attempts for 180 yards and no receptions. Miami in '03, has 392 attempts and 50 receptions for over 1700 yards from scrimmage. Next guy has 41 attempts and 4 receptions for over 200 yards.
San Francisco in '06, Frank Gore has 312 attempts and 61 receptions for more than 2100 yards from scrimmage. These numbers are still his career highs in all three categories. The next guy has 38 attempts and 9 receptions for 150+ yards from scrimmage. The guy after that has 29 attempts and 13 receptions for 200+ yards from scrimmage.
Cleveland in '13, Norv was forced to use RB by committee because the Browns traded their "stud bell-cow" back for a future first rounder. This forced them to pick up 32 year old Willis McGahee and give him 138 attempts and 8 receptions in the 12 games he played there. Their FB gave them 500+ yards from scrimmage in 49 carries and 48 receptions. Their 3rd guy gave them 200+ yards from scrimmage on 43 attempts and 8 receptions.
Now as you can see Norv's RB almost always has 300+ carries (unless injured), and 40+ receptions. If you average out Emmitt Smith's numbers in '93 you can extrapolate he would have finished with approximately 323 carries and 65 receptions (20 carries and 4 receptions a game). If you remove last year where he clearly didn't have the type of situation he wanted with RBs, and average all of the prior years his RBs get approximately 355 carries and 55 receptions a year. If AP is going to touch the ball 400+ times this season, I have no issue with paying him his full amount on his contract. I think he is still capable of doing this and I also think he could be a solid receiving option. He has always thrived on the premise of the more carries the better and this is clearly what Norv does, so why would we be looking to cut ties with him? I have always loved the idea of AP with the ball in space, so I'm all for seeing what Norv can do with him and get him running some routes from the backfield.