Originally posted by nickbradley:
3 Carries for zero yards followed by a 20 yard run equals 5 ypc.
so I looked deeper. And applied methods. And I find that the coefficient of variation for Hunter is lower than Gores.
And you look at averages of averages. That's stupid
I've seen posters on this site use stats to show why Alex Smith is a better deep ball thrower than Drew Brees. I could really care less about your in depth statistical analysis, which in the end is just going to give you whatever result you want to find.
All you really need to do is watch 49er games to answer your question. Frank Gore has been ran up into the teeth of an 8 man box for his entire 8 year career and has maintained good production. Kendal Hunter gets to come in as relief for the guy that the entire opposing defense has gameplanned to stop all week and has had less consisent production (See YPC game by game).
Frank Gore only has 3 carries of 20 yards or more and Hunter has 1 so thats hardly a huge diversion.
Frank Gore gets the lions share of goal line and short yardage carries which by their very nature lower a runners YPC and yet is still maintaining the same YPC as Hunter. I don't know how you could argue that his backup is more consistent than he is but whatever I've already decided I don't agree with you so lets just leave it at that.