A couple of months back, I wrote an article titled, “Maroney is the Man.” Looking back two months later, it almost seems as if Maroney is NOT the man.
After successive injuries, Laurence Maroney missed back-to-back-to-back games. And since he came back, his role has been greatly diminished. Although he has scored his first two touchdowns of the season in back to back games, he hasn’t been getting the reps he is used to. Instead, he is getting limited carries, splitting time with Kevin Faulk.
Then, Sunday night against the Eagles, Maroney didn’t even take a snap in the first half. Not one! This came one week after getting only six carries after a mysterious ankle injury. So that brings up the question, why isn’t Maroney getting playing time?
After the game on Sunday, Belichick said that he runs the offense based on whatever will score him the most points. But lets be honest, how often do we buy into what Belichick has to say?
I’ve been wondering if Maroney could be in the dog house. There has been rumor that he hasn’t been running with all of his vigor, and I wonder if that could be a factor in his limited playing time.
Keep in mind that Laurence Maroney is one of my favorite players on the team. However, I am beginning to wonder if he is the running back of the future. I wonder if Belichick would prefer to limit his carries, and have him split time with somebody else, say, Darren McFadden.
If it was up to me, I would run Maroney 20 times a game, but the decision is up to Belichick, and it is starting to look like he doesn’t believe Maroney (aka Kool-Aid and Lomo) can fit that role.