01 Jul 2013
I note both FO and ESPN now feature a QBR ranking. Good show. Better understanding of QB play is to be encouraged and both (they may be one and and same) do a good job.
However, with the ESPN breakout, I detect a flaw (perhaps).
That faults of the NFL passer rating have been widely explored. Looking at the ESPN breakdown of the rating, Aaron Rodgers has a glaring -39 for sacks (though a big positive for runs.) That's way bigger that any other QB and seriously affects his rating. I would actually think this should be broken into two parts (or more): O line sacks and QB sacks. The definition of O line sack is one wherein the QB really doesn't have much of an option but to run for it the best he can as the D is in on him very quickly. I don't see why any such should negatively reflect on rating the QB skill, and we all know there were enough of those in the case of Rodgers for example. The definition of a QB sack is one that occurs when the QB holds the ball "too long" eschewing an opportunity to throw it away, again something we've seen with AR. Now that should definitely count against a QB, because he is making a choice, and late completions, which are presumably another consequence of holding the ball, count for him. And we've seen plenty of that from AR as well.
3 replies , Last at 09 Sep 2013, 9:49am by Hut Hut