Before we get to the grades, there's something I think we should all really consider. And it's one of those obvious things that is in fact so obvious we tend to forget about. I am, of course, talking about the effect that Cam Newton has had on our run game.

Newton's no running back, but it's obvious that his addition to the team has dramatically changed the way we use our RBs. After two years of this system, the traditional expectation of 1000 yard RBs may need to be altered because at this rate there simply will never be enough carries for anyone to achieve that mark. In 2012, Newton ran the ball 127 times out of a total 462 team attempts. That's more than 27% of the carries for the entire team. In 2011, he ran the ball 155 times out of 445 total team attempts for 28% of the share. Let's think about what that means exactly...

Let's assume Williams and Stewart split Newton's carries instead of Newton. That'd be *60* carries for each of them. For Williams, that would be an extra 258 yards, propelling him over the 1000 yard mark. For Stewart, that's only 216 yards, which would have given him 552 total, but Stewart was injured and didn't play in 7 games last season. Sure there are more fair ways to split the difference, but the fact of the matter remains that Newton's presence dictates that we look at our RBs in a different light. Looking at their totals simply isn't a good measurement of how well they performed. And thus, we need to think more about how we grade out our RBs performance.