A LOT has been said about the differences between the Quarterbacks. Stats have been hashed up, injuries have been scrutinized, and recently Defensive Indifferance made an in-depth post about it, as was pointed out on Gonzo's Viking Vegur. So, remembering how well Thomas Jones ended up doing last year, I decided to do a side by side comparison. And not to be incomplete, I figured I'd check Ryan Grant's stats as well from Green Bay.
Here are Thomas Jones' stats from the 2007 season.
And here are his stats from the 2008 season.
Ryan Grant in the 2007 season.
And finally, Ryan Grant in the 2008 season.
Is there a noticable difference? I would certainly say that, yes, there is. In rooughly ten percent less attempts, Thomas Jones ended up with a nearly one yard increase in his average and an additional 12 touchdowns over the course of the season. His reception average went down however getting less yards on more receptions.. As he is a Running Back however, I consider the first part more important.
Meanwhile, Ryan Grant's rushing dropped significantly. In nearly 140 more attempts in 2008, Ryan managed another 250 yards, and his average run dropped 1.2 yards in length. Additionally, in nearly twice the carries, he got half as many touchdowns as he did in the 2007 season.And without Favre, his average receptions went up as well, by nearly two points. On under twenty receptions. Another stat to be thrown out.
I would like to do some follow-up analysis on this as well, by getting the average YAC for Green Bay and the Jets in 2007 and 2008. If my guess is correct, the Green Bay average increased in 2008, while the Jets would decrease. If that is the case, I believe this will show that opposing defenses did consider Favre in their game plans, allowing for a noticable increase in the running game at the expense of the passing game. If someone would know where to look those stats up, I would greatly appreciate it.