Cleveland Browns running back Chris Ogbonnaya (25) runs the ball past Baltimore Ravens strong safety James Ihedigbo (32) in the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Cleveland won 18-24. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Ogbonnaya to get more carries?


The Cleveland Browns have probably had it with Willis McGahee’s underwhelming performances this season, as the veteran running back is averaging just 2.6 yards per carry. That’s putrid, and he got absolutely nothing going against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. The passing attack has had to carry the Browns offense due to McGahee’s incompetent play, and McGahee hasn’t even made a significant impact as a goal-line rusher; he has just one touchdown this season.

It’s time for a change in Cleveland at the running back position, and it appears that Rob Chudzinski is in the process of making that happen. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot, Chudzinski stated that the Browns are “talking about” giving backup running back Chris Ogbonnaya more carries going forward.

Honestly, it couldn’t hurt. While Ogbonnaya is an underwhelming option all told, he can’t do worse than the 2.6 yards per carry that McGahee has posted. McGahee may bring plenty of veteran leadership to the table and has been a successful back in the past, he simply can’t get anything done right now and looks washed up. Ogbonnaya, on the other hand, has shown up well with 101 rushing yards on 19 carries this season, and he’s made a pretty big impact in the passing game. It’s time for Ogbonnaya to get more carries, and he averaged a quality 4.5 yards per pop in 2011 when he last received significant carries in a season (76).

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  • Ron Burgundy

    I agree 100%. I think they should have done this in the 1st place. OBY performed well when he got carries in the past, and I think he will fill in admirably.

  • Greg

    After McGahee had a 1.4 yard average Sunday, I would hope the browns look to someone else.
    The guy just doesn’t have it anymore. And they thought Richardson had a low average.