Do training camp interceptions (or lack thereof) mean anything?

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All training camps have been up and running for nearly a week, and plenty of talk has emerged regarding whether and to what extent quarterbacks are throwing interceptions.

Why is this happening?

It’s a topic I addressed during one of the web-only break segments during Thursday’s PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio.

20 responses to “Do training camp interceptions (or lack thereof) mean anything?

  1. TC interceptions are the same as TC TDs. Worthless from a game perspective, valuable from a learning prospective.

  2. Read somewhere that they now have a Winston Int stat! Dude throws a ton. Who would have thought a lazy QB you puts no effort into studying would have problems???

  3. No its just something for people to talk about. Tennessee has a horrible defense. Who knows what kind of packages they’re throwing at him. Winston had some interceptions the other day but the Bucs were running blitz packages at him. He had a good day yesterday. No interceptions. Better to make mistakes now than in a game. Andrew Luck is going to be fine. It’s practice.

  4. I feel like its tough to assess training camp because every play has a winner. Either your defense looks good on that play or your offense haha.

  5. Training camp is the time when smart QBs push it to the limits, and then back off. Established QBs aren’t worried about their practice stats, they’re honing their skills for a super bowl run. Joe Montana threw a lot of interceptions in practice, but had zero in 4 super bowl wins. He used practice to sharpen his skills.

  6. That’s when young QBs learn what windows they can and cannot fit balls into against pro DBs. Is he being ultra cautious or ultra accurate?

  7. Was Luck’s picture chosen because of his propensity to throw INTs in the playoffs, which are slightly more important than camp. (slightly)

  8. For what it’s worth, Jay Cutler has completed 7 Bears practices in pads, against a live defense, and has yet to throw his first pick. No joke.

  9. Short answer: They don’t mean anything. They give young/rookie QBs a chance to show that they can manage an offense (Marcus Mariotta) and more experienced/veteran QBs a chance to experiment and see what QB-WR pairings work, what routes work, and where they might be able to take chances in the regular season (Aaron Rodgers). There are no game consequences to throwing INTs in practice; the approach will change once the games start for real.

    All of that might or might not be completely true, but you can’t use training camp INTs to draw any conclusions. It’s just something to talk about before the season begins.

  10. In my opinion, the only thing that matters until the wins/losses count for real are injuries and/or personal conduct that might alter playing availability. Everything else is fluff we endure until football starts.

  11. qdog112 says:
    Aug 7, 2015 8:31 AM
    Was Luck’s picture chosen because of his propensity to throw INTs in the playoffs, which are slightly more important than camp. (slightly)
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    My guess is Luck’s picture was used b/c he threw 16 INTs in camp last year & none this year so far.

  12. The goals are very different for a rookie vs. an established veteran. I don’t think coaches care much if ANY QB (rookie or vet) throws an INT into tight coverage in practice, when it was the right read and they’re giving their receiver a chance to make the play.

    I also don’t think they care if the INT is because a receiver (especially a rookie) ran the wrong route.

    I think they care if a young QB’s INTs are because they are throwing late, making the wrong read, or being too inaccurate. Those are common mistakes for a rookie, but IMO the more you are avoiding those, the better.

  13. People are so comical. While I agree that training camp INTs aren’t the biggest of deals. An article about Jameis Winston throwing 3 INTs in a training camp session and he was blasted as a bust. Yet he is only a rookie. But when a veteran like Andrew Luck throws a bunch of INTs now it doesn’t mean anything. Comical I tell you.

  14. Read somewhere that they now have a Winston Int stat! Dude throws a ton. Who would have thought a lazy QB you puts no effort into studying would have problems???
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    No effort into studying? Are you high? He is the first one in and the last one to leave. He’s been studying the playbook since he got drafted. Don’t comment if you’re going to make stuff up.

  15. I find it comical that some ppl think Mariota not throwing picks is because he’s not seeing complicated defensive schemes or blitzes. He was known for not throwing picks in college, why would that change? Everyone watching TC says they haven’t seen him throw 1 pass that they thought what was he thinking or who was he throwing to.

  16. 2014 AFC Finalist!

    Are Colts fans embarrassed? I have spoke with a handful of Colts fans over the past few months. Everyone of them wishes their team’s brass focused more on Colts players, etc. rather than embarrassing banners as well as a particular unsaid team’s footballs.

    Free advice Chuck… work on tackling drills. Your players have the darnedest time tackling the Gronk, Blunt, and Gray. Don’t be so hard in yourself, it must be all the cheating going on…

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