As If The Quarterback Rating Statistic Wasn’t Confusing Enough, ESPN Has A Brand New Formula For It
For decades, the quarterback rating statistic has been used to evaluate NFL signal callers, only there's one problem: no one really knows what the statistic represents.
According to Wikipedia, a quarterback rating in the NFL involves a calculation that takes into account a player's completion percentage, average yards per attempt, percentage of touchdown passes, and percentage of interceptions.
But if you still don't understand it (and don't worry, I don't either), maybe you won't have to bother learning it, because ESPN is getting ready to release a new formula to rate quarterbacks - and it just might be the way of the future.
On Friday, ESPN will release what they are calling the Total Quarterback Rating (Total QBR), a statistic developed by statisticians, along with input from analysts such as Trent Dilfer, Jon Gruden, and Ron Jaworski.
In addition to the things a quarterback rating represents, Total QBR will account for the other things a quarterback does over the course of a game, such as runs, sacks, penalties, and fumbles. It will also adjust for the situation the QB is in when each play occur.
Another benefit of Total QBR is that it will be based on a 100-point scale, unlike the the quarterback rating, where a perfect rating is expressed as a score of 158.3.
This isn't the first time ESPN has tried to create a statistic to catch on with the mainstream sports fans. NBA analyst John Hollinger created the Player Efficiency Rating (PER), to measure a player's...well...efficiency.
Having applied Total QBR to the 2010 season, the stat seems to pass the test, as Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan, Michael Vick, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees graded out as the best quarterbacks, and Derek Anderson, Brett Favre and Jimmy Clausen graded as the worst. It's not without flaws, but the early returns suggest the team that put this number together might be on to something.
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