If Ballard drafts a QB at 13 or 34, I don't think fans will be triggered if JB starts the season. I think most will expect it (if they actually keep JB on the roster). Fans will only get triggered when we have sub 200 yard games, sub 50 QBRs, losses, etc.. Heck folks keep pointing toward how good JB played the 1st half of the season when we were 5-2. He didn't play really well at all. It's all smoke and mirrors He had two good game (Houston and ATL), one OK game (LAC), and 4 bad games. It just so happened that the "team" covered up a lot of the bad. 3 sub 40 QBR games..
Mack is simply not a power back. We should be able to agree on that.
So his between the tackles running, and stats, benefits more from us having a great oline than probably a RB who was more of a power back. For guys that don't catch the ball, I'd say that Henry, Lynch...and even Gurley or Blount (younger)...and Gore (younger) would probably have even more yardage than Mack behind our line. Those are true between the tackles runners.
The question you posed is about money. There may not be many RBs that do it all, but that's the kind I would look for to spend money on. As it stands, with our oline, I think if Mack stays kinda one dimensional, he's fairly replaceable and isn't worth a big contract, IMO.
And I don't think of Hines as much of a RB at all. He's earned his keep as a PR and should really be working towards being placed on the receiving corp depth chart and not the RB depth chart, IMO. He's not a down the field receiver, but a specialty play receiver...aka Sproles...had a role in Reich's O.
You harp on JB, and he certainly has his faults, but our RB corps is not great and has players that are poor fits for doing things, IMO. I think they are pretty easily upgradeable and not worth much of a contract, as it stands today.
With a healthy TY though Jacoby and TY probably would of made people pay. It’s easy to just stop the run when there isn’t a WR that changes the way you play defense.
Like I said can he get more consistent and make some of those throws on a more consistant bases. I don’t think his ceiling is high enough to get us where we need to be but I don’t think he is as awful as everyone wants to say.