Marshall Faulk calls Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey his ‘better version’
The Carolina Panthers were unable to clinch a playoff berth in 2019, thus allowing some people to overlook the season that Christian McCaffrey had. While some didn’t pay attention to McCaffrey, Marshall Faulk had high praise for the Panthers running back.
“He’s a better version of me.”
“He had to do more with less help. I had a lot of help,” said Faulk via Bill Voth of the Panthers’ official site, who in 1999 was part of a Rams offense that was called “The Greatest Show on Turf.”
When Faulk was in the NFL, he was one of the first running backs that could do it all. In his first season with the St. Louis Rams, Faulk was able to record 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards. At the time, Faulk became just the second running back to achieve the feat.
But in 2019, McCaffrey joined Faulk and Roger Craig in the exclusive group of running backs who have totaled 1,000 rushing and receiving yards in a single season. The third-year running back finished the season with 1,387 rushing yards and 1,005 receiving yards for the Panthers.
Above all, he ended the season just 114 yards short of surpassing Chris Johnson’s single-season record for yards from scrimmage. Most impressively, McCaffrey produced those numbers on a team that featured three different quarterbacks.
While the season was progressing, people were running out of superlatives to describe what McCaffrey was doing. It’s fair to say that the dual-threat running back would be considered as a front-runner for the NFL’s MVP award if the Panthers had a better season.
There have been plenty of running backs that have shown to be a dynamic option in an offense. Among the league’s best, McCaffrey could be the next running back that rewrites history at the position.