Dak Prescott On Pace For Best Single-Season Interception Pct. In Modern Era
With 19 passing touchdowns, five rushing touchdowns and just two interceptions, Dak Prescott has been not only one of the most impressive rookie quarterbacks in a long time, but also one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL this season.
The young Dallas Cowboys phenom out of Mississippi State was given the chance to start after Tony Romo was injured in Week 1, and since then he has been lights out. Obviously there are growing pains for any rookie quarterback, and Prescott has certainly suffered from some of them; something that his critics and loyalists to Tony Romo have been quick to point out.
Still, the majority of football fans agree that Prescott looks more than ready to lead the Cowboys on a significant playoff run. If you're still a skeptic though, perhaps this is the stat that will change your mind.
According to ProFootballReference.com, Prescott is on pace to become just the fifth quarterback in the modern-era to post an interception percentage below 1.0 in 12 or more starts in a single season.
The site's interception percentage statistic is simple: it represents the percentage of times a passer is intercepted when attempting to pass. So it is one of the best indicators that a quarterback is smart about when, where and to whom they are throwing the ball. This doesn't mean that they are completing a high-percentage of those passes per se, but very often they are. Good decision-making generally translates to all areas of the passing game.
That's especially true in Prescott's case. Here's a look at the five players that Pro Football Reference lists as having posted a single season interception percentage below 1.0. As far as I can tell, these stats go back as early as the 1963 season.
ARE YOU GUYS SEEING WHAT I'M SEEING? Obviously Prescott can only finish the season with 15 starts, which will put him one game shy of the total starts from Tom Brady, Steve DeBerg and Aaron Rodgers.
But even if he didn't start another game in the regular season, his current percentage puts him in an uber-elite group over the last 50+ years. Rodgers and Brady are very nice company. Even some of the greatest pure passers of all-time - Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Brett Favre - never accomplished this across the course of a single season.
Obviously it's just one stat, and it's clear from that chart that he isn't on par with the greats in terms of touchdown percentage. That's something that he will have to develop overtime, but this is definitive proof that Prescott's efficiency throwing the ball in his rookie year has been mind blowing.
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