He's not a power back, but like I said there are very few "power backs" that can do it all. And while not being a power back, he's top 10 in 1st downs, so it's not an area of concern at all, especially with our OL.
Sure he's benefiting behind our OL. So do a lot of RBs. Elliot has the 4th best OL. Henry has the 8th best OL. Gurley wasn't even the top 16 this year in YPG. Not a lot of those guys out there.
I doubt Ballard ever spends that kind of money on RB. That's just not what the league does these days. Our only real chance at a guy like that is through the draft. And I don't see CB drafting a RB in the 1st almost ever. Few teams do.
Hines is an APB, plane and simple. I'm not sure you understand Reich's O. The reason Hines is in there on 3rd down is to come out of the backfield. He's typically the dump guy. And it's not that he can't be a down field threat, it's that he doesn't run down field routes. Typically Reich runs a vertical slot route (mostly slot, but sometimes a TE) to do a "clear out" for a Z, TE, or X who cuts in. Whoever doesn't cut in is running downfield along with the clear out in a lot of cases. Hines is typically the dump running shallow. He has the speed to easily be downfield threat if that's what they called for him.
RBs are indeed fungible in today's league, especially for a team with a good OL. But you act like our RBs stink. We have a guy that was a workhorse in attempts, and top 10 in a lot of stats. We have a backup who came in knocked off two consecutive 100 yard games when Mack got hurt. We have an APB who almost set rookie receiving records for a RB with Luck, who can also be dynamic on returns. Many teams are in far worse shape lol... Your expectations are pretty crazy. And they did all that without a passing game last year with Ds keying on the run.