Long-time colleague Ward: we should also note that, yes you're right, Barber's average per carry does dip significantly in the 4th quarter (down to 3.5 yards). But that just proves what I've been saying. Remember, last year, I, and others, advocated that Barber was like our offense's "closer." That is, he was most effective at the end of the game when defenses were worn down. In the 4th quarter last year, he averaged 4.9 yards (which drops to 3.7 within 7 minutes; however that average this year is at 3.2). I think we can all say that it is clear Barber, and many other backs, are better when they're fresh. But there are some, who are considered workhorses, who are just as good on their 21-30th carries.
I'll provide the back's name, and the difference in average between his 11-20th carries and the 21-30th carries:
T. Jones: -.3
C. Johnson: +2.3
I've got to run to dinner, and I hope to address some of your other arguments later, but I hope that this solves some of the issues you had with my earlier post.
PS. I actually meant this post in no way to bash Barber--rather to bash the coaching staff for utilizing him incorrectly.