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Friday, August 5, 2011

Total QBR

Tonight at 8pm ESPN is unleashing their new Quarterback rating system called the Total Quarterback Rating. We all know the old Passer Rating is bulltshit. I mean what kind of grade system has a scale from 0 to 153.8?

The new system is from 0 to 100. Oh wait, there's more!

It incorporates a ton of things the old rating didn't. First of all, it is going to weigh things that happen in the fourth quarters. Like driving your team on a comeback with two minutes to go. It will weigh completions. Gaining 6 yards on 3rd and 4 in the fourth will weigh a lot. It will weigh yards after catch by the receiver. If you dump it to the slot and he runs 80 yards, you don't get a ton of credit.

ESPN has been working on this shit for three years and Trent Dilfer thinks it will be the rating used by scouts in the next 5 years. I think that the only way to truly grade quarterbacks is to compare them. No stats and shit, just heads up, who outplays who. But the new rating at least is a step in the right direction.

And my predictions for what quarterbacks ratings will change drastically are:

Tom Brady will suffer because he has no deep receivers and Wes Welker is a YAC machine.

Matt Ryan will move up because of his efficiency throughout games.

Fuck Mark Sanchez.