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Tennessee Titans Running Back Success Rates Against the Steelers


This is something I did a few times last season and plan on doing for every game this season.


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

Stats after the jump.

Chris Johnson

vs PIT / 9.10.09 Rushing Receiving
Rush Yards Avg TD Rec Yards Avg TD
Chris Johnson 15 57 3.8 0 1 11 11 0



LenDale White

vs PIT / 9.10.09 Rushing Receiving
Rush Yards Avg TD Rec Yards Avg TD
LenDale White 8 28 3.5 0 1 5 5 0


Using these metrics, the Titans were successful on 26% of their runs last night.  It would have been nice to see them get a few more attempts in there.

Here's a question:   Frank Wycheck said on the radio this morning that the 32-yard cutback run by CJ was a designed cutback play.  Why didn't the Titans try to run that play again at some point later in the game?