Does Chris Johnson suck?

I don't know what made me think about this, but Chris Johnson's production is not where it 
should be for an elite RB. It varies wildly from year to year in ways that you don't 
see with other great players at his position. Check this out: 



Chris Johnson

Pro Football Reference Stats: http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/J/JohnCh04.htm

2008: Rus Yds -1228, Rec Yds - 260, Yscm - 1488
2009: Rush Yds - 2006, Rec Yds - 503, Yscm - 2509
2010: Rush Yds - 1364, Rec Yds - 245, Yscm - 1609
2011: Rush Yds - 1047, Rec Yds - 418, Yscm - 1465

---------------------


Ray Rice

Pro Football Reference Stats: http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/R/RiceRa00.htm

2008: Rush Yds - 454, Rec Yds - 273, Yscm - 727
2009: Rush Yds - 1339, Rec Yds - 702, Yscm - 2041
2010: Rush Yds - 1220, Rec Yds - 556, Yscm - 1776
2011: Rush Yds - 1364, Rec Yds - 704, Yscm - 2068

--------------------



Adrian Peterson

Pro Football Reference Stats: http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/P/PeteAd01.htm

2007: Rush Yds - 1341, Rec Yds - 268, YScm - 1609
2008: Rush Yds - 1760, Rec Yds - 125, YScm - 1885
2009: Rush Yds - 1383, Rec Yds - 436, YScm - 1819
2010: Rush Yds - 1298, Rec Yds - 341, YScm - 1639
2011: Rush Yds - 970, Rec Yds - 139, Yscm - 1109

-------------------

The number to look at is YScm (yards from scrimmage or total yards). Below, I have 
shown the difference in Johnson, Rice, and Peterson's Yscm according to their 
highest season total. The numbers show something worth concern for Titans' fans.

Johnson Season ±:
2008 (-1021)
2009 (0)
2010 (-900)
2011 (-1044)

Rice Season ±: 
2008: (-1341) *Did not play much in nine games
2009: (-27)
2010: (292)
2011: (0)

Peterson Season ±:
2007: (-276) 
2008: (0)
2009: (-66)
2010: (-246)
2011: (-776) * Missed four games

If a running back is healthy, they tend to stay within a certain range. Johnson is way 
out of an acceptable range for two seasons in a row. Is this an anomaly or a sign of 
things to come?

Stats Source: Pro Football Reference
Photos Source: Associated Press
Advertisements