Steve Slaton, by all accounts, had a pretty miserable game on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. He rushed for all of 7 yards on 4 carries. Coach Gary Kubiak has an excuse for the young baller:
“He was really worn down, to be honest with you,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “He struggled last week in practice – just sharpness, speed, those types of things. He didn’t miss any time or anything, but we just felt like we were going to do everything we could to split those reps up even more so…”
“I would hope that him not playing as many reps this week gets him back to full speed, but the kid needed a break,” Kubiak said. “He’s played a lot of football in a short period of time. I expect him to bounce right back.”
Somebody call the wahhhbulance here, Slaton has carried the rock just 124 times this season. I don’t hear rookie running back Matt Forte calling for a breather and he’s had 65 more carries than Slaton. Kevin Smith in Detroit can’t get enough playing time for that moribund franchise and is begging for more than the 93 carries he’s had. Chris Johnson is a beast with his 160 carries. What is the problem here with Steve Slaton? Maybe he got a little afraid when he heard Bart Scott’s comments about him.
Slaton is third in the league among rookie running backs and averaging 4.4 yards a carry and he needs to be on the field if the Texans are going to have a chance to win. His needing a break couldn’t have helped out Sage Rosenfels in that blow out last week. This kid needs a strong cup of Red-Bull and coffee so he can wake up to the fact that he is not in college anymore. Its the NFL. You get tired in the offseason. You play on Sundays, you don’t sleep.