When the San Francisco 49ers signed Tevin Coleman in 2019 free agency, all sorts of fun questions popped up. Most notably, who was leading this backfield?
The fact that the trio of Coleman, Jerick McKinnon, and Matt Breida may be splitting even carries down the middle isn’t a bad assumption. Add Raheem Mostert in for good measure and you’ve got a true multi-headed beast. They also could call this running back by committee, but beasts or as I call it, a hydra, is a lot cooler.
There’s been suggestions that maybe the 49ers don’t dress all three—or four—of these running backs on gameday, keeping certain ones fresh while others get more action.
If anyone benefits from this, it could be Breida. While he benefited the most from 2018’s awful season, he also got banged up. Several times he’d go down in a game and you’d think it was the end, only for him to be back a week later, sometimes for four plays before the backups rolled in. Having a healthy merry-go-round of backs can take some weight off Breida’s shoulders and allow McKinnon and Coleman to step in.
McKinnon is coming off an ACL injury and we’ll be waiting to see how much it impacts his career. The injury can have a larger detriment to a running back, who has to make cuts in the open field, than to say, a quarterback. Maybe McKinnon can blaze right through everything. Maybe he isn’t as fast as he once was.
So here’s the big question, who’s going to lead this thing? It’s definitely going to have a committee approach without a bell-cow back, but someone is going to be leading this charge, who is it?
There were some polls opening up elsewhere asking this question and I wanted to bring it to the Niners Nation community. Who do you think is going to get the most carries in 2019? Even if it’s a lead back or a committee approach, Kyle Shanahan may just go with the hot hand. Who do you think it is?
Right now I’m leaning on Coleman. We’ve seen what he can do in Shanahan’s offense and he’s taking the first team snaps anyways. At the end of the season, I think we’ll see a near split by thirds between Coleman, McKinnon and Breida. Among those three, Coleman will probably be utilized just a bit more.
Who do you think will be the leader of this?
Which running back gets the most carries in 2019?
This poll is closed