BenJarvus Green-Ellis tops interesting study from Pro Football Focus
|06.10.11 at 12:56 am ET|
The fellas over at Pro Football Focus have put together an interesting study, measuring a running back by examining the strength of schedule. Author Mike Clay looked at the top 40 rushers in terms of carries, and, in his words, “normalized each player’s yards-per-carry and touchdown rate marks to reflect what they would’ve been had they played a league average schedule each week of the 2010 season.”
Using that formula, the biggest difference between a running backs’ actual numbers and the adjusted numbers came from Patriots’ running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Green-Ellis started 11 games and led the Patriots with 1,008 yards on 229 carries and an average of 4.4 yards per carry last season. But according to PFF’s study, when you put those same carries against a statistically “average” team, he finishes with 1,109 yards and an average of 4.6 yards per carry, the best differential of any back in the study. Brandon Jackson, Michael Bush, Cedric Benson and Fred Jackson round out the Top 5.