Further proof of how much Miami was counting on him for the 2004 season.
Check NFL history of players with that many carries in 2 season & see how Yr. 3 turned out. Fact. Not good.
Larry Johnson had 752 for 3539 - 4.7 YPC in '05 & '06. '07 158 for 559 - 3.5 YPC
Jamal Anderson had 700 for 2848 - 4.0 YPC in '97 & '98. '99 Blew out knee.
Jamal Lewis had 695 for 3393 - 4.8 YPC in '02 & '03. '04 235 for 1006 - 4.3 YPC ( Missed 4 games ) Never came close to Avg 4.8 YPC again.
Terrel Davis had 761 for 3758 - 4.9 YPC in '97 & '98. '99 Blew out knee.
Barry Sanders had 678 for 3544 - 5.2 YPC in '97 & '98. '99 Retired.
The fact is Miami wore RW out in '02 & '03 & to think they could have ridden that horse again for almost 400 carries was asinine thinking.
And it was a total of 4 draft choices including 2 1st round picks.
Actually it was 3 & Miami got one back. They moved up in Rd. 4 in '02.
1st (25th overall) and 4th (125th overall) round picks in 2002 and conditional 3rd round pick in 2003 to New Orleans for RB Ricky Williams and 4th (114th overall) round pick in 2002
So wouldn't it be fair to say Ricky was expected to be a 300 + carry RB in 2004 if not injured?
History is a great predictor for the future. I'm not sure any RB has carried the ball as much in 2 season as RW did. The ones that have came close never produced at the same level as the two years prior.
Absolutely, But Furgeson was going to miss the first 8 games anyway.
RW most likely would have missed the entire year had he not retired.
How does losing a franchise running back in the prime of his career (27 years old) compare to losing a 35 year old NT that was already going to miss half the season and rotate with Paul Soliai & Randy Starks for the final 8 games?
It does not compare in importance but the actions are still the same. RW had just as much right to retire in '04 as JF does in '10. The fact Miami was short sighted in its building of the team in '04 should not factor into the situation.