It’s safe to say that Arian Foster‘s 2013 season hasn’t gone as planned so far. Not for the Houston Texans, not for fantasy owners and especially not for the running back himself. Foster is admittedly frustrated following his season debut, in which he only amassed 57 yards rushing. His rushing total was probably the result of some rustiness following his recovery from an offseason calf injury, but it was also the result of splitting time with Ben Tate in the Texans backfield.
Foster has now cleared the air on his frustration and explained where it comes from:
“Like I said, we’re chess pieces. Coach makes the final ruling. But as a competitor, I’ve been in this league, I felt that I’ve played well throughout my tenure here. You want to be out there. You feel like you’ve earned that right to be out there. That’s just where the frustration comes from.”
Gary Kubiak is of course limiting his star running back because of his injury and while Foster may not like it, it’s ultimately the right call for business. The Texans are going to be able to get by just fine using this two-back system for the time being. They need Foster to be at his best when it really counts down the stretch this season. This new strategy is understandably frustrating for him, but he has to think of what’s best for the team. Right now, it’s keeping him healthy while they prepare for another long season and hopefully a playoff run.