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Running Back Success Rates Against Cleveland

This is something that my friends at Roll Bama Roll do every week, and I thought it would be interesting to look at for the Titans as well. Here is how it works:

Each individual rush is considered on it's own, and measured by it's "success." A run is considered successful if it gets 40% of the yardage needed to move the chains on first down, 60% of the yardage needed on second down, and 100% of the yardage needed on third or fourth down. This is a much more accurate overall picture of how well a running back does in a game than just the total yardage or ypc averages because it ignores big run outliers that can skew those kinds of stats.

First up is Crazy Legs:

vs CLE / 12.7.08 Rushing Receiving
Rush Yards Avg TD Rec Yards Avg TD
Chris Johnson 19 136 7.2 1 4 30 7.5 0

Dash didn't have a very successful game by these measures, but this system probably isn't the best way to judge his production. His carries of 17, 15, 25 and 33 make up for his less successful runs.

Here is LenDale:

vs CLE / 12.7.08 Rushing Receiving
Rush Yards Avg TD Rec Yards Avg TD
LenDale White 24 99 4.1 1 1 2 2.0 0

I would say Smash will be more successful under these measuring guidelines because of the nature of his carries. Typically, thought not really the case in this game, The Round Mound comes in to pick up the short yardage plays and is usually successful doing so.

This is just another way at looking at the game. Let me know what you think..

Also, our running backs have a lot of nicknames!