In my recent post, Top RBs in NFL History – Their Best 4 Years, several commenters have suggested that there were notable exclusions, and that the analysis weighted the rushing portion of the statistics too lightly. So, I wanted to ask you guys if you were interested in seeing a followup post with some of the other players added, and with an adjustment to the weighting of the rushing statistics. Or do you think I've already beat this topic to death?
If you are interested, please put your suggestions for other players in the comments below. So, far, I have the following suggestions to add:
- Earl Campbell
- Thurman Thomas
- Priest Holmes
- Jim Brown (62-65)
- Shaun Alexander
- Brian Westbrook
- Eddie George
(Updates) New Commenters Suggestions:
- John Riggins
- Barry Foster
- Ricky Watters
- Gale Sayers
- Jim Taylor
- Terry Allen
- Tiki Barber
- Herschel Walker
- Leroy Kelly
- Roger Craig
- Corey Dillon
- Cookie Gilchrist
- Bronco Nagurski
- Normalize statistics vs. league average for that period
- Normalize vs. average of top 10 rushers for each year (top 5 for pre-SB era)
I may also remove some players from the analysis, like Motley, Bo Jackson, and Spec Sanders.
Also, for a final question, what suggestions do you have for the best way to adjust the weighting. My first thought is just to count each ranking for rushing twice or possibly even 3 times in the averaging. Steely McSmash suggested normalizing each category to the top of that category for a normalized number. That would give more indication of the amount of varience between players in each category. That may be the way to go, instead of a straight ranking.
Thanks for your input in both the original post and this one.
Would you be interested in a follow up to the Top RBs in NFL History – Their Best 4 Years post?
Yes, I love numbers, baby! (33 votes)
No, you've already beat this topic to death (15 votes)
48 total votes