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    Is 1,000 yards a good measure?

    Is 1,000 yards a good measuring stick for saying a RB has had a great season?
    As I think back to the 12 game seasons.
    (Yeah I am getting old)
    A runningback that broke the 1,000 yard mark was a VERY special runner.
    Then came the 14 game season and more backs made that mark.
    But it always seemed tainted to me.
    Well they added 2 more to the 16 game season we all know today.
    Back in the 12 game season it took 83.3 yards a game to make the milestone.A game avg. deserving of respect.
    Now it has dropped to 62.5 yards per game.

    My thoughts (and I am sure it has been talked about before here) are this.

    If 1000 yards was the mark for 12 games, then 1333 should be for 16 games.

    If this new standard was applied then only 7 RB's last season would have qualified for what was once the 1000 yard club.
    Now the 1333 club in my opinion elevates the true season accomplishment that can grade against runningbacks going
    back to the 60's.

    Granted the game and overall talent have changed a fair amount.But a fair measuring stick is essential to comparison.
    As I write this I wonder how confusing I sound?

    If this makes any sense I would like your thoughts on it.

    Thanks 6-KINGS

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    Re: Is 1,000 yards a good measure?

    Thats interesting, I never thought of it like that.

    IMO 1000 yards is no longer that impressive. I say 1500 is elite.

    If we get benson he'll rush for 1400.

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    Re: Is 1,000 yards a good measure?

    i think if you go over 1000 than you are a good back, if you go over 1500 than you are elite, like mr anderson said

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    Re: Is 1,000 yards a good measure?

    I say you need at least 1400 yards in one season to really be considered a good back. you can do 60 a game and get 1000. thats not impressive at all

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    Re: Is 1,000 yards a good measure?

    "michaelmazid" wrote:
    I say you need at least 1400 yards in one season to really be considered a good back. you can do 60 a game and get 1000. thats not impressive at all
    1000 yards is mostly impressive now because it is tough for a running back to PLAY a 16 game season without missing a couple or more. The average though is not impressive. I think like 1/2-2/3 of the NFL teams last year had a 1000 yard rusher.

    !300 is Very good, 1500 is elite.


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    Re: Is 1,000 yards a good measure?

    I'll take 1000 yards every season...just as long as they produce double digit touchdowns with it.

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    Re: Is 1,000 yards a good measure?

    "dauntefan" wrote:
    I'll take 1000 yards every season...just as long as they produce double digit touchdowns with it.
    Well sure I would too.

    But a 1,000-1200 yard runningback is really just an above avg season for a full time starter.
    The 1333-1450 yard backs have had a really good season.(comparable to the 1000 yard season of the old 12 game schedule)
    And like some have suggested and I agree the 1500+ yard back is the elite season.

    Now this whole premise is just for comparison purposes of 1 season stats for runningbacks throughout history.

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    Re: Is 1,000 yards a good measure?

    Food for thought:
    Bryan "Waldo" Westbrook rushed for 812 yards last year.

    There's no magic number that makes you a good running back; I think YPC is a much more useful statistic for measuring a running back. Westbrook had a 4.6 YPC average, which is very good; Clinton Portis rushed for 1315 yards on nearly twice the carries Westbrook ahd for a 3.8 average, the lowest of any of the top 20 backs (although anyone would have had a hard time running behind the Washington line in that offense last year).

    However, if I were to pick a new '1000 yard' benchmark, it'd probably be 1300 yards. 8 running backs achieved that mark last year.
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    Re: Is 1,000 yards a good measure?

    It use to be,but now I believe that platue is about 1200 yards.Sure it could be more,but the rules in favor of the passing game these days cuts down some on a backs opportunities to carry the rock...
    If winning isn,t everything,why keep score?

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    Re: Is 1,000 yards a good measure?

    i don't think it matters cause a team like detroit was so crappy and they had the best running back ever in barry sanders. the broncos running backs suck big time and they do real good cause of their offensive line and down field blocking.
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