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# RBRatings

last edited by 1 year, 8 months ago

Feb 2020 congrats to EJames well-deserved HOF selection ...

Nov 2017 updates Chris Johnson, Peterson, Lynch

Jan 2017 update Chris Johnson, Peterson, Lynch.  Congrats to 2017 HOF selectees  Tomlinson  and Terrell Davis, EJames was improperly snubbed

My current HOF letter would includes Tomlinson and EJames

Jan 2016  updates  (EJames finalist )

add Lynch&APeterson stats, Bettis 2014 finalist

Feb 5 Faulk into HOF

Jan 9 add Bettis as he is a HOF 2011 finalist

Nov 5th gen'l update

edit Oct 16 2010 for Tomlinson etc

edit Feb 6 reflect Smith into HOF (congrats)

edit: Jan 6 2010 for active

this is the 3rd of 3 (QB,WR) for NFL Rushing

the rating is simple, rewarding scoring, production and durability

It rates in the top 12 in rating order (all inactive) :

Jim Brown,Walter Payton,Marshall Faulk, Barry Sanders,Tomlinson,James,Emmitt Smith,Eric Dickerson,Shaun Alexander,Curtis Martin,Marcus Allen,Dorsett

One must use discretion when ratings are within a certain range (a 0.89 is not inherently a better RB than a 0.88!)

use games started

(T1)(HOF)Tomlinson    0.832 =( 0.3*(145+16)/155 + 0.5*(13684+4772)/155/25 + 0.2*3174/1000 )/4   (compare to Brown)(Jets)

(T1)(HOF)Brown   0.826 =( 0.3*(106+20)/118 + 0.5*(12312+2499)/118/25 + 0.2*2359/1000 )/4

(T3)(HOF)Payton   0.821 =( 0.3*(110+15)/184(GS) + 0.5*(16726+4538)/184/25 + 0.2*3838/1000 )/4  [note: # attempts under review]

(T3)(HOF)Faulk    0.821 =( 0.3*(100+36)/156 + 0.5*(12279+6875)/156/25 + 0.2*2836/1000 )/4   (compare to Sanders)

(5)(HOF)Sanders 0.810 = ( 0.3*(99+10)/151 + 0.5*(15269+2921)/151/25 + 0.2*3062/1000 )/4

(T6)Ahman Green 0.783 = (0.3*(60+14)/97 + 0.5*(9205+2883)/97/25 + 0.2*2056/1000 )/4 (ineligible by games for me), compare to finalist TDavis

(T6)(HOF)(Edgerrin) James   0.780=( 0.3*(80+11)/135(GS) + 0.5*(12246+3364)/135/25 + 0.2*3028/1000 )/4  (compare to Dickerson)

(T7) Peterson*  0.776 =  ( 0.3*(103+6)/130 + 0.5*(12863+2166)/130/25 + 0.2*2701/1000 )/4   (thru 2018 wk 8 )  (likely HOF selection )

(T7 (HOF) Smith    0.773= ( 0.3*(164+11)/219(GS) + 0.5*(18355+3224)/219/25 + 0.2*4409/1000 )/4 [note: # attempts under review]

(HOF)Dickerson 0.769 =( 0.3*(90+6)/136(GS) + 0.5*(13259+2137)/136/25 + 0.2*2996/1000 )/4

Alexander     0.768 =( 0.3*(100+12)/96 + 0.5*(9453+1520)/96/25 + 0.2*2187/1000 )/4   (compare to Simpson) insufficient games

(HOF) Martin   0.746 =( 0.3*(90+10)/166(GS) + 0.5*(14101+3329)/166/25 + 0.2*3518/1000 )/4  [note: # attempts under review]  (compare to Dickerson)

(HOF)Allen    0.741 =( 0.3*(123+21)/168(GS) + 0.5*(12243+5411)/168/25 + 0.2*3022/1000 )/4

Sims 0.736 =( 0.3*(42+5)/58 + 0.5*(5106+2072)/58/25 + 0.2*1131/1000 )/4   insufficient games and carries

(HOF)Dorsett 0.727 =( 0.3*(77+13)/152(GS) + 0.5*(12739+3554)/152/25 + 0.2*2936/1000 )/4

(HOF) Bettis 0.714 = (0.3*(91+3)/153(GS) + 0.5*(13662+1449)/153/25 + 0.2*3479/1000 )/4

by pure ranking, this yields Tomlinson,Brown/Faulk/Payton/Sanders/AGreen/James/APeterson*

others for contrast:

Sproles*   (ineligible due to games started 29) using total games

(HOF)Terrell Davis 0.723 = ( 0.3*(60+5)/77 + 0.5*(7607+1280)/77/25 + 0.2*1655/1000 )/4

Watters 0.703 =( 0.3*(78+13)/142 + 0.5*(10643+4248)/142/25 + 0.2*2622/1000 )/4  (2011 prelim nominee)

HWalker  0.696 =( 0.3*(82+61)/(138+54) + 0.5*(8225+4859+5562)/192/25 + 0.2*(1954+1143)/1000 )/4 (with USFL stats),  compare to Allen (HOF))

(ineligible by games for meCalvin Hill  0.693 = ( 0.3*(42+23)/80 + 0.5*(6083+2861)/80/25 + 0.2*1452/1000 )/4   (compare to Terrell Davis)

Chris Johnson* (ARZ) 0.688 = ( 0.3*(55+9)/111 + 0.5*(9651+2255)/111/25 + 0.2*2163/1000 )/4   (thru 2017 wk 10) (compare to Lynch, HWalker)

Foreman 0.688 = ( 0.3*(53+23)/84 + 0.5*(5950+3156)/84/25 + 0.2*1556/1000 )/4

DeAngelo Williams* 0.673 = ( 0.3*(61+9)/96 + 0.5*(8096+2106)/96/25 + 0.2*1730/1000 )/4  (compare to TDavis,CHill ) (2017 free agent)

Fred Taylor  0.666 =( 0.3*(66+8)/140 + 0.5*(11638+2384)/140/25 + 0.2*2516/1000 )/4

(HOF) Simpson 0.657 = ( 0.3*(61+14)/135 + 0.5*(11236+2142)/135/25 + 0.2*2404/1000 )/4

Jamal Lewis  0.655  ( 0.3*(58+4)/127 + 0.5*(10607+1879)/127/25 + 0.2*2542/1000 )/4

MLynch*  0.640 = ( 0.3*(81+9)/129 + 0.5*(10003+2130)/129/25 + 0.2*2351/1000 )/4       (thru  2017 ) (compare to HWalker, Chris Johnson)

RCraig     0.633 =( 0.3*(56+17)/133 + 0.5*(8189+4911)/133/25 + 0.2*1991/1000)/4 (HOF nominee 2010,11)

Muncie  0.629 = ( 0.3*(71+3)/92 + 0.5*(6702+2323)/92/25 + 0.2*1561/1000 )/4

(HOF) Riggins 0.629 =( 0.3*(104+12)/157 + 0.5*(11352+2090)/157/25 + 0.2*2916/1000 )/4

(HOF) FHarris 0.627=( 0.3*(91+9)/166 + 0.5*(12120+2287)/166/25 + 0.2*2949/1000 )/4

HWalker 0.616 =( 0.3*(61+21)/138 + 0.5*(8225+4859)/138/25 + 0.2*1954/1000 )/4 (lacking USFL stats)

RNewhouse 0.477 = ( 0.3*(31+5)/75 + 0.5*(4784+956)/75/25 + 0.2*1160/1000 )/4  (often had "star" ahead of him )

grouping a bit gives:

Brown/Payton/Faulk/Sanders/Tomlinson

James/Smith/Dickerson/Green

Martin/Allen/Dorsett/Bettis

The rating (please credit Bill R McEachen as the author)is

[0.30TG +0.5YG/25 + 0.2*C/1000]/4.0] where TG=TDs per game, YG=yds per game and C=carries.  Games are games started (except Simpson )

Designed for "1" being ideal/max.

Minimum 100 games is applied (Mercury Morris, Brockington,TDavis,Sims do not meet) OR min 1500 attempts

As far as the Hall of Fame, a player appears to be a "lock" if TG >0.9, 112 YG, more than 3000 carries.

There seems to be "bias" unless player has >10000 yards,>2500 rushes and >90 TDs for HOF [ TDavis as finalist is one exception]

(this may hurt RCraig,Jlewis,FTaylor, and Watters to name a few - OJ Simpson is a rare xception )

An interesting stat is that  the top 14 running backs in career touches are HOF members excepting Edgerrin James and Frank Gore

Every rusher above a 0.75 rating is in excepting Edgerrin James, and several below 0.75.

For HOF evaluation, side-by-side recommended is (link  Pro Football HOF Musings) :

Possible candidates to consider from the crop of active and recently retired include Edgerrin James,R Watters, S Alexander,T Thomas, Tiki Barber, Eddie George, Jerome Bettis, Jamal Lewis, FTaylor in no order. HWalker deserves the nod treating his NFL+USFL stats.  Certainly  EJames must get the nod.  HOF selections seem to have ~3000+ attempts and 15000 combined yards generally

only 2 w/ Receiving yards>6000 Faulk,Centers (6875,6797)

only 5 w/ Rating>=0.80 (see earlier) Tomlinson,JBrown,Payton,Faulk,Sanders  ( 0.832,0.826,0.821,0.821,0.810) APeterson* next closest 0.789

only 3 w/ TDs per game>1 Alexander,Tomlinson, JBrown (1.17,1.04,1.07)

only 4 w/ Yards per game>115 JBrown,Sanders,Tomlinson,Payton  (126,120,119,116 )      ( APeterson* 113)

only 3 w/ Total points>850 ESmith,Tomlinson,MAllen (1050,966,864)

only 3 w/ Carries >3500 ESmith,Payton,Curtis Martin (4409,3838,3518)[note: these do NOT match NFL website! adjust pending ]

only 3 w/ Rush yards>15000 ESmith,Payton,Sanders (18355,16726,15269)

only 2 w/ games > 200 ESmith,MAllen (226,222)

only 2 w/ total TDs (rush+pass)>150 ESmith,Tomlinson (175,161)

only 3  w/ yards/carry >= 5.1 BoJackson,JBrown, MMorris (5.4,5.2,5.1)    [APeterson* 4.9  ,  sev'l ineligible meet the mark incl Johnson,Williams,Towler,Strzykalski]

only 3 w/ recept >600 Centers,Faulk,Tomlinson (827,767,624)

(100 games min. OR 1500 carries) as of end 2016 regular season

• denotes active as of 2015

APeterson* at 4.9 yds/carry and 118 yds/game.   If finishes career w/120TD, 14000 rush yds,3000 carries he will achieve rtg >=0.810 (already HOF lock)

reflecting USFL, Hershel Walker has 858 total pts, approx 97 yds/game, and 4.5 yds/carry

combined yardage Rice,Mitchell,Payton,ESmith (23546,23316,21803,21579)  (WR,RB,RB,RB).

yards from scrimmage  Rice,ESmith,Payton (23540,21579,21264) (WR,RB,RB)

DeAngelo Williams (Pitt), Chris Johnson (ARZ) do not have min # games but are active

Let's contrast a few backs:

 Rating HOF? TDs(Rush+Receive) Yards(Rush+receive) Attempts Games started Total Games YG TG ProBowls AGreen 0.783 no 75=60+14 12088=9205+2883 2056 97 148 125 0.77 4 CHill 0.693 no 65=42+23 8944=6083+2861 1452 <1500 80 156 112 0.81 4 TDavis 0.723 finalist 65=60+5 8887=7607+1280 1655 77 78 115 0.84 3 EJames 0.780 finalist 91=80+11 15610=12246+3364 3028 135 148 116 0.67 4

the above is correct to my knowledge, please forgive (& report) unintended errors

my main source is the invaluable website http://www.pro-football-reference.com/