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Top 15 Shocking Running Back Busts of 2014

Now that the 2014 NFL regular season has ended and there are only four teams remaining in Super Bowl contention, we can take a look back at the season that preceded. This year saw DeMarco Murray make a challenge for a 2,000-yard season, before falling short of the goal due to some hand issues and defensive scheming to stop him. Marshawn Lynch has been a force of nature for the Seattle Seahawks as they march in pursuit of another Super Bowl title. The running back has been reluctant to share his feelings on the season, aside from a few choice phrases in the most entertaining press conferences we’ve seen in years.

However, this article is not about the running backs that excelled on the field of play and stunned us with their performances. This article is about the players that frustrated us throughout the year, both as fans and fantasy owners. These running backs were expected to carry the load for their respective teams, but fell short of their season goals. In many cases, a season of poor performances has resulted in many fantasy and real world losses.

There are many factors that can contribute to an individual’s lack of success on the football field. If a change in philosophy, blocking scheme, or running style occurs, a running back may find himself with fewer opportunities to carry the football. In other cases, injuries are to blame for a lack of performances. There are always mitigating factors, but these players did not perform up to the expectation of their coaches and fantasy owners. It will be up to them to decide whether next year will be an improvement or a continuation of the same.

15 15. Stevan Ridley

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14 14. Darren McFadden

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13 13. James Starks

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12 12. Trent Richardson

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11 11. Shonn Greene

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10 10. Donald Brown

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9 9. Ryan Mathews

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8 8. C.J. Spiller

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7 7. Maurice Jones-Drew

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6 6. Doug Martin

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5 5. Toby Gerhart

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4 4. Zac Stacy

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3 3. Chris Johnson

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2 2. Ben Tate

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1 1. Reggie Bush

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If you had been asked how many rushing yards Reggie Bush had in 2014, odds are you would not have replied with the correct response of 297. It was the lowest output of Bush’s nine-year NFL career, and he also had his yardage gained on receptions cut in half. Bush scored only two touchdowns for the Detroit Lions. Bush’s downward trend may continue as he reaches the age of 30 this offseason.

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