Examining different approaches at RB

In his weekly "Tip Sheet", ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli looks at how different teams approach the running back position.

Pasquarelli points out that only three NFL teams had three running backs produce more than 300 yards apiece last season. All three qualified for the playoffs, one of which was New England.

For the Patriots, the breakdown looked like this:

Laurence Maroney -- 757 yards

Kevin Faulk -- 335 yards

Sammy Morris -- 319 yards

Had Fred Taylor not injured his ankle, he probably would have made it a fourth. Taylor finished with 269 yards in six games.

Pasquarelli makes the point that while the committee approach has produced solid results for many teams, a one-man-show can work as well.

Patriots fans can simply point to the 2004 as one example of that, when Corey Dillon rushed for a New England single-season record 1,635 yards. Dillon had 345 carries that year, while the second highest total on the team was Faulk, with 54.

It's often a spirited debate -- committee vs. one-man-show.

The Patriots, once again, look like a committee-based team in 2010.