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31 Oct 2006

FO on BSMW: Pass-Catching Backs, Part II

This is the second half of the article on Pass-Catching backs from last week, looking at "playmaker" backs who lead their teams in carries and receptions.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 31 Oct 2006

7 comments, Last at 01 Nov 2006, 9:18pm by Vince


by Tally (not verified) :: Tue, 10/31/2006 - 11:39pm

Wonder if the low YPC has anything to do with the quality of WR or QB on the team. I remember the year when the Chargers were just dumping off to LT and hoping he'd make a play rather than actually involving him in deeper routes the way Barber is.

by theory (not verified) :: Wed, 11/01/2006 - 3:03am

Committee guys like Nelson, Hofer, and Anderson aren't generally considered "playmakers" like LT or Barber, so wouldn't taking them out make the case even stronger?

Very quickly, if you take out all the backs with less than 200 carries on the chart, the average wins changes to 9.7 for high YPC and 5.3 for low YPC.

by andrew apold (not verified) :: Wed, 11/01/2006 - 8:32am

Remember the "Running Back Battering Average"? I'd be interested in seeing that for the backs mentioned. What percentage of their dump-off passes constituted good plays?

by jetsgrumbler (not verified) :: Wed, 11/01/2006 - 5:26pm

wow. i forgot how amazing faulk was in his prime. those 99 numbers were sick.

by B (not verified) :: Wed, 11/01/2006 - 5:40pm

What? No Larry Centers?

by Mr.X (not verified) :: Wed, 11/01/2006 - 6:34pm

Nothing cracks me up more than getting drawn into a deep statical data analysis only to have the data spit out commonsense.

by Vince (not verified) :: Wed, 11/01/2006 - 9:18pm

5: This was only looking at RBs who led their team in carries and catches. See part 1 for Larry Centers discussion.