Sure, we saw Betts’ “burst,” and Rock Cartwright’s too, but math don’t lie:
Betts’ yards per carry in Games 1-8: 3.5
Betts’ yards per carry in Game 9: 4.4
Cartwright’s yards per carry in Games 1-8: 3.4
Cartwright’s yards per carry in Game 9: 4.6
Something was different. Maybe it was the play-calling or the revamped offensive line, the mood of the team or the game plan, but something was definitely different, and it was bigger than Betts replacing Portis.
And the rebuttal from Stet Sports:
It is impossible to make the claim that Ladell Betts is a better running back than Clinton Portis. Not only has Portis delivered the goods in Washington, but over his tenure in the NFL, he’s one of the best of all time.
So no, the calls for Portis to lose his job are unfounded based on the stats. But can you make personnel decisions based on stats alone? Is there something in team chemistry and familiarity with schemes the can be a deciding factor beyond production?
If there is something to those things, then Ladell Betts should be the starting running back for the Washington Redskins.