If you’ll recall, I voiced a bit of a negative opinion on Giovani Bernard after we selected him in the second round of the draft. Yeah, I was that guy.
Giovani is a better running back than BenJarvus Green-Ellis. There, I said it.
Hang on though, I’m not done yet.
Bernard isn’t just better than the Law Firm, he’s almost twice as good. At least, that’s what the statistics suggest for the year so far. Both running backs have identical yards gained on the season at 209 apiece. However, while BJGE has taken 71 carries to get to that point, Bernard has given Cincinnati the same output in just 45 carries. I may be an English major, but I think that math speaks for itself.
Picking up a handy calculator, you find that as the Law Firm is averaging a meager 2.9 yards per carry, Bernard is racking up 4.6 yards each time he touches it on the ground. That impressive number is good enough to lead all NFL rookies in rushing.
One intangible not included in these statistics is the fact that Green-Ellis is given the pigskin on a lot of run-dedicated plays. That is, plays where the Bengals need that one yard to pick up the first down. Plays where the defense is playing completely against the run.
Still, there’s another intangible not in these statistics. This one throws even more support behind Bernard.