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Which QB Completes The Longest/Shortest Passes

Postby JEWMAH9701 » Thu Jan 26, 2006 3:09 pm

I saw this information on another forum and thought it was really interesting. So, I thought I would share it with the cafe.

I did this first out of interest in finding out if the QB's who I thought threw a lot of deep passes really did or if it was what the receivers did after the catch. While it's impossible to separate the two - the QB is the one who puts the ball where the WR can run with it - I thought it was interesting.

The final number is average yards before catch (AYBC), or the distance the ball was throw before the receiver caught it. The number next to it is where the player ranked in highest yards per completion (YPC).

I used STATS.com for the numbers and my method to calculation: (QB passing yards minus yards after completion by QB) divided by number of completions. Players chosen were the QB's with at least 1799 yards since it looked like a good cut off.

Some things that stood out: Bulger, Hasselbeck, Vick and Palmer were only 12th, 14th, 18th and 21st in YPC but 3rd, 4th, 9th and 11th in AYBC, indicating that their receivers didn't gain many yards after the catch.

On the other hand, McNabb, Dilfer and Brunell had low AYBC's ranking 20th, 23th, and 24th but were 13th, 15th and 17th in YPC. These seem to be the QB's with the receivers making plays after the catch.

I'm not sure how useful this information is because it could just be that some players are poor at putting the ball where receivers can do something after the catch.

Player --- AYBC
Ben Roethlisberger --- 8.3 (1)
Kerry Collins --- 7.9 (5)
Marc Bulger --- 7.8 (12)
Matt Hasselbeck --- 7.7 (14)
Byron Leftwich --- 7.7 (9)
Eli Manning --- 7.6 (3)
Peyton Manning --- 7.6 (7)
Drew Bledsoe --- 7.4 (10)
Aaron Brooks --- 7.3 (1)
Michael Vick --- 7.1 (18)
Carson Palmer --- 7.0 (21)
Trent Green --- 7.0 (4)
Tom Brady --- 6.6 (6)
Jake Delhomme --- 6.6 (2)
Jake Plummer --- 6.5 (8)
Kurt Warner --- 6.5 (20)
Gus Frerotte --- 6.5 (16)
Josh McCown --- 6.3 (19)
Drew Brees --- 6.3 (22)
Donovan McNabb --- 6.1 (13)
Chris Simms --- 6.1 (25)
Kyle Orton --- 6.0 (29)
Trent Dilfer --- 6.0 (15)
Mark Brunell --- 5.9 (17)
Joey Harrington --- 5.8 (24)
Steve McNair --- 5.7 (23)
Kyle Boller --- 5.7 (26)
Brett Favre --- 5.7 (27)
David Carr --- 5.4 (30)
Brad Johnson --- 5.3 (28)


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Postby TheDiplomats » Thu Jan 26, 2006 4:52 pm

Any guy who lines up in Oakland who can throw the long ball should be leading this next year whether it be Daunte or Collins. Almost every pass Oakland attempted last year was for a 30+ yard gain. It was actually pretty entertaining to watch on 2nd and 6's to see them go for a 60 yarder to moss.
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