28 Oct 2008
by Ned Macey
In the linked article, I allude to the fact that Maurice Jones-Drew is having a better year than Fred Taylor. Both players struggled on Sunday, so the eight carries Taylor got were not the reason the Jaguars' lost. Still, the difference between two players running behind the same line is so stark that the Jaguars need to consider giving Jones-Drew 80 percent or more of the carries.
Here are their respective DVOAs in their three years in the league:
Given Taylor's age, it is fair to ask if this is the end for a player who has been a very good back for a number of years. In addition to the above numbers, Jones-Drew (and Greg Jones) have been very successful catching the ball, while Taylor has struggled. The Jaguars no longer have the margin of error to wait and see if Taylor can turn it on as the season progresses. Jones-Drew needs to be the primary back, not part of a roughly equal time share.
19 comments, Last at 01 Nov 2008, 6:55pm by Bowl Game Anomaly
Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?