RB1: Chris Johnson (2009)
Stats: 2006 rushing yards, 14 rushing TDs, 50 receptions, 503 receiving yards, 2 rec. TDs
Total points: 398.9
How could it be anything else, right?
The most dominant year by any running back or any player in NFL history unless I am missing something. When he moved past the 2,500 yards from scrimmage mark he passed a barrier that no one has been able to get close to in NFL history.
There is a chance that someone could conceivably hit that mark again, but as the league transitions from a league filled with work horse, bellcow running backs that is less likely. How many teams in the league using the running back by committee method, if they even give their running backs enough volume to get close to this mark collectively.
The only hope that I see is for a very aggressive passing attack to find a future Hall of Fame receiver and just absolutely run him into the ground.
This obviously isn’t ideal for the player and it would be hard on the team to do this logistically, but if you are going for history then that is the only play. If I had to guess a player that could do it, my money would be on Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints.
If you can get Drew Brees anywhere near that 675 pass attempt mark then there just might be enough creativity and volume to get someone to that point if you aren’t afraid to use him on reverses and on the ground.
Still, the chances are slim to none.