Why TDs should be included in player ratings was (Re: 1994 Rusher Ratings)

Why TDs should be included in player ratings was (Re: 1994 Rusher Ratings)

Post by Scott McMah » Sun, 16 Jul 1995 04:00:00


   Usually, I'm not all that wrapped up with the question of trying to
"prove" statistically which player is better than the other.  Football is
such a team sport that it's kind of silly.  Does a QB's ave per attempt go
down if the OL is not able to block long enough for the reciever to get 40
yds down field and other such questions make it somewhat irrelevant.
However, if you are going to try to rate them, each touchdown scored
should have an impact.  First, scoring is the most important thing a
player can do for his team followed by stopping the other team from
scoring (stopping them is less important on a individual play basis
because the opposition can always score on the next play.)  Second, just
about every rating uses the per attempt stats.  Anyone that doesn't would
be seriously suspect.  But a 1 yd TD run adds just 1 yd to the rushing
totals and drives down the average, even if the RB could have gained 10
yds if the field was that much longer.  Of course, this argument could
also be applied to first downs, but then things start getting more
complicated and then we again see where stats fail.  A run of 15 yds on
3rd and 20 may look impressive statswise, but isn't nearly as important as
the 8 yd gain on 1st and ten.  So if you're going to ignore the team
aspect and the situation dependence of each play, count TDs as an
important stat, but do keep in mind the uselessness of any such attempt.

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Why TDs should be included in player ratings was (Re: 1994 Rusher Ratings)

Post by THOMAS M. DEME » Sun, 16 Jul 1995 04:00:00

I agree totally.  To judge players by stats only is
foolhearty and somewhat ignorant.

:    Usually, I'm not all that wrapped up with the question of trying to
: "prove" statistically which player is better than the other.  Football is
: such a team sport that it's kind of silly.  Does a QB's ave per attempt go
: down if the OL is not able to block long enough for the reciever to get 40
: yds down field and other such questions make it somewhat irrelevant.
: However, if you are going to try to rate them, each touchdown scored
: should have an impact.  First, scoring is the most important thing a
: player can do for his team followed by stopping the other team from
: scoring (stopping them is less important on a individual play basis
: because the opposition can always score on the next play.)  Second, just
: about every rating uses the per attempt stats.  Anyone that doesn't would
: be seriously suspect.  But a 1 yd TD run adds just 1 yd to the rushing
: totals and drives down the average, even if the RB could have gained 10
: yds if the field was that much longer.  Of course, this argument could
: also be applied to first downs, but then things start getting more
: complicated and then we again see where stats fail.  A run of 15 yds on
: 3rd and 20 may look impressive statswise, but isn't nearly as important as
: the 8 yd gain on 1st and ten.  So if you're going to ignore the team
: aspect and the situation dependence of each play, count TDs as an
: important stat, but do keep in mind the uselessness of any such attempt.
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:                                          Scott McMahan