Thomas Jones horrible near the end zone
Posted Feb. 27 at 01:56 AM
by Ian Allan
I'm working right now on tabulating numbers for each team around the goal line. For that part of the field, it's good to know which players teams are trying to get the ball to, and how effective they are.
A handful of guys/stats popped out at me (and this is by no means a comprehensive look -- just a few names I noticed):
Thomas Jones and Willie Parker both scored only 1 TD in that part of the field (inside the 10-yard line), despite handling the ball a combined 47 times. Jones scored on only 1 of 29 carries. Parker went only 1 of 18. The good news for those guys is that they got plenty of work (only three guys carried the ball 30-plus times in that part of the field, and only 14 logged 20-plus carries. The bad news was the lack of efficiency. So kind of a double-edged sword in scouting for 2008.
Who would have figured that Steven Jackson and Shaun Alexander would struggle so badly in that part of the field? In terms of YARDS PER CARRY, those were the two worst tailbacks in the NFL last year in that part of the field. Jackson gained only 9 yards on 14 carries in that area, with just 2 TDs. Alexander went 13 carries for only 9 yards, with 3 TDs.
Today I'll tabulate inside-the-5 and true goal-line (inside the 2) numbers. I'll pass along a few observations of what I see.
Posted by ADAM HOLTZ | Feb. 27 at 07:52 AM
Would it perhaps also be a valuable stat to calculate the Avg. YAC on these players' TDs? That would seem to be a factor that could show what players can leave DBs in the dust.
Posted by ADAM HOLTZ | Feb. 27 at 07:53 AM
Sorry. (sheepish frown) Wrong article for this comment. :-(
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