Marshall Faulk: Christian McCaffrey is a better version of me

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Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey joined Roger Craig and Marshall Faulk this year as the only three players to ever compile 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same season.

McCaffrey gained 1,387 yards on the ground with 15 touchdowns while also catching 116 passes for 1,005 yards and four touchdowns this season for the Panthers. Craig accomplished the feat in 1985 for the San Francisco 49ers while Faulk set his mark in 1999.

According to Bill Voth of the Panthers team website, Faulk spoke about McCaffrey’s season Wednesday at the Super Bowl and said McCaffrey is equipped to be a better player than he was.

He’s a better version of me,” Faulk said.

Faulk was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011. He was the NFL MVP in 2000. He was won three straight NFL Offensive Player of the Year honors, was named to the Pro Bowl seven times and was a three-time first-team All-Pro. Faulk’s resume is littered with accolades. Faulk suggesting McCaffrey can surpass his own abilities speaks incredibly highly of the realms where McCaffrey’s career could be headed.

“He had to do more with less help. I had a lot of help,” Faulk said.

McCaffrey has touched the ball 729 times over the last two seasons for the Panthers. He’s averaging nearly 23 touches a game and played over 93 percent of Carolina’s offensive snaps over the last two years. He accomplished the feat of posting his dual 1,000-yard marks as Cam Newton made just two starts at quarterback and Kyle Allen and Will Grier combined to start the remaining 14 contests.

If McCaffrey continues to get that kind of usage with his proven success, he could become the only player to ever to post multiple seasons of 1,000/1,000 yards.

9 responses to “Marshall Faulk: Christian McCaffrey is a better version of me

  1. teddywong says:
    January 30, 2020 at 6:31 am
    You being humble Marshall Faulk. McCaffrey isn’t the running back you are and unlike you,he fumbles. Marshall Faulk never fumbles!

    McCaffery had over 400 touches in 2019 and had 1 fumble I am not sure where you are getting this narrative.
    CMC is not to the level of Faulk as of yet but he has had an amazing start to his career with over 1000 more total yards that Faulk had in his first 3 years. They only question anyone should be asking about CMC is weather or not he can sustain this level of use over his career. If he can, he will go down as one of the best duel threat RBs of all time.

  2. Teddywong your argument is weak…. Faulk fumbled 36 times in his career.. McCaffrey has only fumbled 7…. McCaffrey is exactly the running back Faulk is…..

  3. Maybe the Panthers should trade Cam Newton to the Lions for David Blough so their quarterback room could be David Allen Grier.

  4. “Way better” all around player than Faulk? McCaffrey is off to a great start in his career, but that’s classic hyperbole as not a single running back in league history can rightfully say he was “way better” all around than the famously versatile Faulk. Interesting comment on Faulk’s part, however, as anyone who knows anything about him is aware that humility isn’t necessarily something he strives for on a daily basis.

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