Tag Archives: quarterbacks

Greatest QB of All Time: 10,000 Careers

Imagine if every QB throughout history could play his career out 10,000 times. Each signal caller would be subjected to the full spectrum of circumstances, ranging from the good fortune of being drafted onto a ready-made dynasty, to the rotten luck of being stuck with a talent starved, mismanaged franchise. In some careers he would manage to play 15+ years without a significant injury, in others he’d spend half of his days on IR or watch his career end suddenly with one unlucky hit. The…

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Passing First Downs: Career Rankings

Yesterday I detailed the best and worst QB seasons as measured by first down percentage. Today’s post will reveal how these signal callers stack up over the course of their careers. I chose to exclude any QB who totaled at least 100 dropbacks in any season prior to 1991, because incomplete data can often be worse than no data at all. From there, I’m including QB’s who took a significant numbers of snaps in at least two seasons (a  judgment call). This gives us a…

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Passing First Downs: Best and Worst Seasons

I’m a huge fan of using first downs to measure quarterback performance. Despite ignoring yards, touchdowns, and interceptions, the simple operation of dividing passing 1D by dropbacks does a terrific job of telling us how well a QB has played. Like all statistics, passing 1D% has its flaws, but in my opinion it harbors less distortion than any other simple input passing stat. I place 1D% slightly ahead of NY/A in terms of relevance for making solid evaluations, and miles ahead of everything else. Setting…

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National Championship Quarterbacks in the NFL

In this year’s NFL draft, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was drafted first overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Only four years ago, Auburn quarterback Cam Newton was drafted first overall to the Carolina Panthers. What do these two men have in common? That’s right, they both led their college teams to a national championship. Newton has thus far proved to be a very good young quarterback, often thriving in spite of his surrounding offensive talent. Winston, for his part, looks to have the makings…

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Quarterback Spikes Database

If you’ve checked out the table for quarterback kneels, you’re probably also interested in quarterback spikes. I find this information useful when I am looking at QB completion rates, passer rating, ANY/A, or any other stat that has attempts in the denominator. Sure, Ben Roethlisberger may spike the ball too often in comeback attempts, but I don’t think that should count against his rate stats. Chase Stuart has already published my research on quarterback spikes, but I wanted to include it on my own site…

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Quarterback Kneels Database

After poring through play-by-play data from various sources and crosschecking them against one another, I have been able to find data for quarterback kneels dating back to 2002 (regular season and playoffs). There are miscellaneous games here and there that have useful PBP prior to 2002, but the information gaps have kept me from feeling confident in publishing any of that data. Season By Season Quarterback Kneels The below table contains the relevant data on a seasonal basis and is sorted alphabetically by year. Read it thus:…

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