Stats Unkind To 300-ClubJuly 31st, 2013
Raheem Morris says stats are for losers. Joe never bought into that nonsense. Stats can be valuable when they’re not twisted, turned, massaged, invented and/or manipulated. And some stats are downright telling.
Doug Martin had the fourth-most carries in the NFL last season with 319. He also caught 49 balls.
The folks at NationalFootballPost.com took a look at the production of every running back over the past 11 years in their season following a 300-carry workload. The data was revealed as it relates to real football and fantasy football.
The message was that landing a spot in the 300-club often means a drop in production the next season.
Joe’s not predicting a decline in anything for Martin. Joe suspects Martin will get more work — carries and receptions — if his offensive line is healthy and playing up to its capabilities. Keep in mind a punishing running game will limit the snaps of Darrelle Revis and friends, something the Bucs would love to do early as they work Revis back into top form.