According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Lions coach Jim Schwartz said it’s “definitely a possibility” that Jahvid Best and Mikel Leshoure will see time in the same backfield next year — their games are complementary, with Best a dangerous perimeter runner and pass catcher and Leshoure a 227-pound between-the-tackles pounder — but that Linehan won’t use a “Randy Ratio” when calling plays.
Each back’s workload “might change from week to week,” Schwartz said. “It might change due to injuries and player availability. It might change based on opponent.
“There’s a lot of different things that happen in our division. We see a 4-3 team like the Chicago Bears, we see a 3-4 team like the Green Bay Packers. That’s a different style of running back. You play 3-4 teams that are two-gapping, you need a big back who can run through some arm tackles. You want to get guys matched up on different teams, you need guys who can match up and beat linebackers and people that want to play man and trick coverage up for a certain player.”