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What’s the best way to get paid as a running back? Change position!

The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz discusses the continuing devaluation of running backs in the NFL.

The Giants and Saquon Barkley were not able to reach an agreement on a long-term contract before Monday’s deadline and the star running back appears headed toward a potential hold out. The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz has some thoughts on the devaluation of running backs in the NFL.

We get up close and personal with Stugotz as he delivers his “take” on running backs becoming disposable. Stugotz says he is tired of hearing these running backs say how hard their job is. He says they’re aware at this point of the pitfalls of the position they’ve chosen. And Stugotz, in all his ultra-closeup glory, has a solution for all the young running backs out there — change position. It’s on you, not the NFL or anyone else, but YOU. Stare into the eyes of Stugotz and hear his words — you want to play in the NFL, you want to play for a long time, you want to get paid, play another position. Quarterback, wide receiver, cornerback, all better choices. Heck, punt or kick the ball. But you know what you don’t do? Become a running back. That’s what you don’t do.

After commenting on how gross Stugotz’s face is, Dan points out that is what “hater” looks like and that there’s an industry in it, noting that Stugotz is following the lane carved out for him by people like Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo. Dan then adopts that type of character noting that if you want to be valuable and be like Ohtani and do all the things.

Amin, meanwhile, takes the Mad Dog tribute to the next level by channeling his inner-Mad Dog, by getting up from his seat and walking around the palatal new Dan Le Batard Show studio while delivering his take. Aside from walking right up to the camera, Amin says that for running backs, most of their longevity is spent in their years in college and their first few pro campaigns. Meanwhile, because of the NFL rookie pay system which prevents players from getting true market value until their sixth or seventh year in the league they’re continuously underpaid, used and then cast aside for a new batch of players to come in and be underpaid on the rookie scale. Rinse, wash, repeat. And Amin says that’s not fair.

Running backs, he argues, need to be held to a different level of accountability when it comes to their pay. They need to be paid more than QBs, wide receivers, tight ends with the same years of service. Their role is no less important than it has ever been. Amin gets right up into the camera as he declares running backs should get paid more and make sure they are getting compensated rightly for their contributions to winning!

And scene.

Dan notes that Amin has a lot of terrible take in there, and when asked why he harkens back to when he in the past had advocated for paying Melvin Gordon, Zeke Elliot, Dalvin Cook and Todd Gurley. Dan says he was making the same argument in defense of the running back. And as Stugotz jammed in his regrettable “cookie cutter” joke, Dan points out that he was wrong about all of those things because the economy of the game has changed and the value has gotten the point at running back, through no fault of the players, where the kicker actually does have more value. You don’t need a great running back any more to have a formidable running game in combination with a strong passing game. You can make the running back disposable and have kickers producing more points sufficiently at value in a salary cap sport where the difference between the best running back and the 40th-best running back is less than between the best kicker and the 40th-best kicker.

Stugotz says the problem for running backs is you make a guy like Elliot the workhorse for five years, use him up and then turn to Tony Pollard and there’s little to no dropoff. Amin says his point is these guys should be getting paid more coming out the draft when their value is at its zenith. But Dan asks why when the system allows for you to have them as cheap labor?

Meanwhile, Dan may have taken this whole “Heat mouthpiece” thing a bit too far ...

Check out the breakdown of Wednesday’s show below.


Local Hour: The Miami Heat Mouthpiece

  • Dan feels like he’s going crazy because of being sucked into a Heat Twitter controversy over being a mouthpiece for the Heat. Stugotz shares his pride in Bradley Beal and says Damian Lillard needs to want it more. We recap where Heat Twitter all began, analyze Stugotz’s casino gambling, and introduce the show to El Amin Hassan alongside David Wells, Jer Bear, and Greg Cote. Then, Stu’s love of baseball has died, but Dan and Jeremy believe baseball has been fixed, and Dan receives his actual mouthpiece. Plus, Mike Schur is here to make a team out of players who “look like baseball” and talk about the Writers Strike.

The Big Suey: Shea Serrano

  • Shea Serrano is here to discuss his newest work, “Action Hero Scouting Report,” while initiating dueling lists of the Top 5 Heroes You’d Call If You Needed To Be Avenged.

Hour 1: The Sports Walrus

  • Dan introduces us to our newest segment: The ‘We’re All Gonna Die’ Climate Stat of the Day. Amin is mad at Dan for dragging him into the Damian Lillard information saga, but ‘The Sports Walrus’ has some new info on the story. Then, Jeremy doesn’t know action movies, Stugotz has his Weekend Observations, Amin breaks down money in NBA coaching, and the crew discusses the value of running backs in the NFL.

Hour 2: Roy’s Top 10

  • Stugotz has STRONG takes on the NFL running back situation, and Amin wants to be a TV professional like Mad Dog Russo. Then, Dan challenges Jeremy to deliver a new Jake Owen bit by the end of a segment while he grills Stugotz on the details of where his interaction went wrong. Plus, IT’S TIME FOR A BRAND NEW ROY’S TOP 10.

Postgame Show: Black in my Day

  • Jeremy is furious about the whimsy of the new Willy Wonka prequel, and that leads Amin to a long lost ‘Black in my Day.’

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