Which running games were good at what? (2008)

Looking at the Colts running game through the last 15 years in terms of consistency, explosiveness, power and ball security interested me and went over well with all of you, so now I'm wondering about the whole league. Which teams were good in which areas. Do running games thought of as elite have weak points? Do some generally poor running games have redeeming features?

Jump for sortable ranks in totals, YPC, consistency, explosiveness, power and ball security stats for the 2008 season.

Table Notes:

  • Back A is the back with the highest % of team carries, Back B is any other back with over 25% of team carries.
  • Success Rate is the average of all the teams backs with 100+ carries, weighted by attempts.
  • Success Rate unavailable for Broncos since none of their 7 RBs reached 100 carries.
Team Back A Back B
Total Rushing
YPC
Success Rate
10+ run
20+ run Power Success
Fumble
Giants Brandon Jacobs Derrick Ward 2,518 5.02 51% 25% 4.78% 62% 1.39%
Falcons Micheal Turner None 2,443 4.36 48% 23% 2.86% 70% 1.43%
Panthers DeAngelo Williams Jonathan Stewart 2,437 4.84 46.2% 27% 4.76% 79% 0.79%
Ravens LeRon McClain Willis McGahee 2,376 4.01 47.4% 16% 1.86% 76% 1.86%
Vikings Adrian Peterson Chester Taylor 2,338 4.50 45.3% 25% 4.43% 73% 2.50%
Patriots Sammie Morris None 2,278 4.44 49% 16% 2.14% 70% 0.78%
Titans Chris Johnson LenDale White 2,199 4.33 48.4% 24% 2.95% 61% 1.18%
Redskins Clinton Portis None 2,095 4.38 48% 13% 3.56% 69% 1.05%
Jets Thomas Jones None 2,004 4.75 54% 20% 2.61% 61% 2.13%
Raiders Justin Fargas Darren McFadden 1,987 4.33 40.6% 17% 2.61% 62% 2.40%
Dolphins Ronnie Brown Ricky Williams 1,897 4.23 48.6% 17% 2.46% 76% 1.34%
Broncos Micheal Pittman None 1,846 4.81 Unavailable 17% 2.07% 70% 2.07%
Texans Steve Slaton None 1,842 4.27 44% 24% 3.01% 70% 2.08%
Bills Marshawn Lynch Fred Jackson 1,837 4.20 48.4% 16% 2.05% 62% 1.59%
Buccaneers Warrick Dunn Ernest Graham 1,810 4.07 46.8% 18% 1.77% 65% 1.33%
Chiefs Larry Johnson None 1,810 4.78 45% 25% 3.96% 58% 2.90%
Packers Ryan Grant None 1,805 4.13 46% 21% 2.39% 74% 2.52%
Jaguars Maurice Jones-Drew Fred Taylor 1,774 4.16 43.9% 17% 2.58% 76% 1.17%
Seahawks Julius Jones Maurice Morris 1,768 4.24 41.7% 20% 3.12% 76% 1.68%
Chargers LaDainian Tomlinson None 1,726 4.10 45% 17% 2.61% 78% 0.71%
Cowboys Marion Barber III None 1,723 4.30 41% 22% 2.99% 68% 2.24%
Eagles Bryan Westbrook None 1,697 3.97 48% 17% 2.58% 55% 0.94%
Steelers Willie Parker Mewelde Moore 1,690 3.67 45% 15% 1.74% 64% 0.87%
Bears Matt Forte None 1,673 3.85 43% 17% 2.30% 63% 0.92%
Rams Stephen Jackson None 1,649 3.95 46% 16% 2.16% 66% 1.92%
Browns Jamal Lewis None 1,605 3.92 40% 15% 1.71% 59% 1.96%
49ers Frank Gore None 1,599 4.03 47% 13% 2.33% 52% 3.78%
Saints Pierre Thomas Reggie Bush/Deuce McAllister 1,594 4.01 55.8% 15% 2.26% 64% 2.01%
Bengals Cedric Benson Chris Perry 1,520 3.62 36.4% 12% 1.67% 56% 2.38%
Lions Kevin Smith None 1,332 3.78 44% 19% 2.56% 71% 2.27%
Colts Joseph Addai Dominic Rhodes 1,274 3.44 48.5% 09% 1.35% 62% 1.08%
Cardinals Tim Hightower Edgerrin James 1,178 3.46 40.4% 15% 1.47% 58%

1.47%

 

Shockingly the Colts running game was actually good at a few things. Dom and Addai gave the O a very good number of managable down and distances and rarely coughed up the football. The issues with the run game? Laughably little explosiveness and mediocre performance in power situations.

Looking at the outliers,

The Niners had serious issues holding onto the football, weren't good in power situations and didn't show much explosiveness. For a team led by a big name back they didn't do well.

The Panthers run game was dominant. Best power team, one of the top two most explosive along with the Giants and rarely fumbled.

Speaking of the Giants, they have a surprising breakdown. A RB stable led by the massive Brandon Jacobs had it's weakest point in the power game. They were a very consistent running game and had excellent explosiveness.

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