Best Tickets released an analysis on the evolution of the NFL today and it’s a very interesting read on how teams have gradually adapted to more pass-happy offenses over the years with a significant spike over the past three or four years. The entire article is very data-driven, but you don’t have to be a huge statistical nerd to gather the information. The author, Andrew Powell-Morse very easily and succinctly delivers the data in a clear way and I highly recommend you check it out.
It’s particularly interesting when you consider the Vikings current predicament. Minnesota boasts the best running back in all of football, Adrian Peterson. He’s a work horse who really stands in a league by himself when it comes to the current stable of NFL runners. He ran for 2,097 yards last season and has already surpassed over 9,000 yards rushing over his seven year career. If there’s anyone who will come close to Emmitt Smith’s all-time career rushing record of 18,355, it’s AP.
Nonetheless, Peterson has only won one playoff game in his career, that occurring on January 17, 2010 when Minnesota blew out Dallas 34-3. That Vikings team was led by none other than Brett Favre, a hall of fame quarterback in the twilight of his career. The Vikings lost to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers last season and while the Pack are sitting at 1-2 this season, the majority of fans are not worried because they have a franchise signal caller. Meanwhile, Minnesota is sitting at 1-3 and already have replaced Christian Ponder for Matt Cassel.
So the question is, considering all of Peterson’s exploits, would you rather have him or a stud franchise quarterback? It’s a difficult dilemma because we see AP on a weekly basis just devour defenses, as he did in London yesterday. But the quarterback is clearly the most valuable position in the league, as evidenced by Best Tickets’ article.
Let’s hope soon the Vikings can solve their quarterback position and have the best of both worlds.