Short pass master Bradford finished 17th in first down percentage

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Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford set a new NFL record for completion percentage this season, completing 71.6 percent of his passes. Which serves as a good reminder of how meaningless a statistic completion percentage can be.

The problem with completion percentage is that it treats all completions equally, which is obviously ridiculous: A completion for zero yards doesn’t help a team any more than an incompletion. A completion short of the line to gain on third down doesn’t help much more than an incompletion, either. And Bradford had a lot of those short completions that didn’t pick up first downs.

How many? While setting the NFL record for completion percentage, Bradford finished 17th in the NFL in first down percentage, among the 33 quarterbacks who threw at least 200 passes.

Bradford completed so many passes short of the line to gain that he got a first down on just 35.7 percent of his passes. Half the quarterbacks in the league picked up a first down on a higher percentage of their passes, even though none completed as high a percentage of his passes.

Consider, for instance, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan: Although Ryan completed 22 fewer passes than Bradford this season, Ryan picked up 41 more first downs than Bradford. There were eight quarterbacks in the NFL who threw for more first downs while completing fewer passes than Bradford.

Bradford’s season points to one of the flaws of the NFL’s official passer rating statistic, which incorporates completion percentage but not first downs. Bradford finished sixth in the NFL in passer rating, thanks in large part to that record first down percentage. Statistics that factor in not just whether a pass was completed but whether that pass picked up a first down, like ESPN’s QBR or Football Outsiders’ DVOA, didn’t think so highly of Bradford: He finished 18th of 30 qualifying quarterbacks in QBR and 17th of 34 qualifying quarterbacks in DVOA.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has declared that Bradford earned the right to start next season. If Zimmer wants to win with Bradford next season, he’s going to need Bradford to start pushing the ball down the field.

83 responses to “Short pass master Bradford finished 17th in first down percentage

  1. QB with no line throws short passes. How is that news. Why the need to crap on Bradford? Nobody is claiming he’s elite. He’s a solid QB. No need to bury the guy.

  2. A lot of the passes were behind the first down marker, mainly because if it was released a half second later Bradford would of died. Vikings allowed 102 hits on the QB, plus unlike teams like the Cardinals (didn’t make playoffs), Seahawks (struggling) or Bucs (also struggled a bit and didn’t make playoffs), who allowed more QB hits, the Vikings did NOT have a run game to take the pressure off.

    The only other teams who were in the same boat and allowed more hits & sacks were the Colts & Browns and their season is pretty self-explanatory on how bad having that problem is, so give Bradford credit for just doing that. For a guy that was traded last minuted and played on a team with no starting rb, and for starting offensive line guys down – it could of been a lot worse for him and he could of done worse. Cause Palmer, Luck & and the Browns QB carousal got beat up bad and it showed in their play.

  3. Sounds like he’s a middle-of-the-pack quarterback. Was somebody arguing that he’s elite? It drove me crazy when he consistently threw short of the first down marker on third down, but that seemed to be a much bigger problem in the middle of the season than in the beginning or near the end. I think he became extremely gun shy from being hit a lot and was just looking to get rid of the ball.

  4. When Bradford was with the Eagles , who had bad receivers and dropped A LOT of passes he was OK, not great, but OK.
    I’d like to see him on a team with a better line and some reasonable receivers. Then we could better judge how good he is.

  5. Yes, Bradford earned the right to start next year, but that’s because his closest competition is a guy who will start the year on one leg. Once Bridgewater heals up, I don’t think they will be afraid to put him in if Bradford isn’t getting the job done. I think either one of them would be just fine with a competent offensive line but they would both have the same problems Bradford had this year if there aren’t major improvements in the line.

  6. Our O-line was worse than Swiss cheese. It’s a miracle he even stayed upright over the season, let alone complete a first down. I like Bradford and basically still give the trade a thumbs up. Hopefully we draft o-line the first three rounds and/or get good o-line free agents this off-season. I imagine if they knew Thielen was going to go for just shy of 1000 yards, we wouldn’t have screwed up round one last year.
    Btw, Sam had 2 receivers a gnats a$$ shy of 1k. A bad QB doesn’t do that.

  7. There’s a lot of talk going around about who should be the executive of the year. I don’t know that he’ll get even one vote, but it’s gotta be the Eagles GM. I mean, getting a first and a fourth round pick for Sam Bradford? That’s pure gold. If you heard the Vikings gave up a fourth round pick for him you’d think, yeah that works. But for the guy to get that plus a first round pick that was probably gonna be mid round at worst- that’s your winner right there.

  8. Just to give more proof on this. I’m going by the NFL’s website with QB hits as the criteria. It’s Browns (138), Colts (128), Cardinals (127), Seahawks (111), Buccaneers (108), Falcons (105), Vikings (102). Yet the Vikings offensive line had a grand rushing average 3.2 yards and only allowed nine tds.

    The only team close that’s above them is the Bucs with 3.6 yards and 8 tds but finished with 400 more total yards, and the only team close to that, that’s behind them is are the Rams with 3.3 who are six spots below them in QB hits and finished 4-12. So there’s a huge correlation to how much Bradford anchored that offense especially once their defense sizzled.

  9. “thecatalinawinemixer says:
    Jan 5, 2017 6:40 PM
    There’s a lot of talk going around about who should be the executive of the year. I don’t know that he’ll get even one vote, but it’s gotta be the Eagles GM. I mean, getting a first and a fourth round pick for Sam Bradford? That’s pure gold. If you heard the Vikings gave up a fourth round pick for him you’d think, yeah that works. But for the guy to get that plus a first round pick that was probably gonna be mid round at worst- that’s your winner right there.”

    I’m an Eagles fan. There’s no such thing as a good Eagles GM. No such thing as a good GM in this city period. They’re going to bungle it.

  10. My favorite stat with Bradford is he cost the Vikings a 1st round and a 4th round draft choice. And still the Vikings did not make the playoffs.
    It doesn’t get any better than that, for me!!!
    And the best part is, they probably will be forced to stick with him next year again. So where does that leave Bridgewater? Is he their QB of the future? Or does he go on the scrap heap of QB’s the Vikings have had over the last 3 or 4 decades????
    Watch out, Vikings. You already finished behind the Packers and Lions this year, and the Bears are creeping up on you!!

  11. The offensive line was a main reason for the short passes, but based on his historical career tendency to avoid downfield throws, I don’t think the injured O-line can completely explain away this stat. His performance was okay, and we’ll see what happens if the team improves the O-line next season. He did throw the ball downfield pretty effectively the last couple games, but those were against crappy NFCN defensive backfields, one of which I believe was statistically the worst passing defense in the league (rhymes with Flackers).

  12. God, why the Vikings gave up so much for him is mind blowing. Was he the last girl at the bar at closing time? No 2QB? Somebody should be fired. Catastrophic season for the Vikes.

  13. He played the same with the Eagles, albeit with bad receivers. At some point we just need to accept that he is what he is: a very average/mediocre QB. He actually has the arm talent to be a top QB but he plays scared. Those injury-marred years behind the horrible Rams OLs basically turned him into the new David Carr so you can see why half the time he just wants to get rid of the ball. Now almost at age 30 it is not as if he’ll suddenly realize his draft day potential but he could probably help a stacked team as a game manager. The problem is that the Vikings discovered that they have a lot more holes than they thought and got burned

  14. The Rams selected him 1st… then traded him away. The Eagles locked him up then choose to trade up to the top of the draft to replace him.

    What is the definition of solid now days? If you take the regular starters in the NFC he ONLY stats in Chi. Minn. SF maybe LA. In the AFC NYJ Cleveland and Den.

    Yes he had a nice season all things considered, but if he was anywhere close to a Franchise QB he would have been locked up and settled in, before this gig just ask guys like Dalton Kaepernick and Tyrod Taylor.

  15. I disagree with your logic. The QBs job is to deliver the ball accurately to receivers. He can’t help if receivers don’t get open deep, or when that happens. He can’t help if the O-line gives him less than 3 seconds to throw on a consistent basis. Stats can be interpreted in many ways but I’m not sure why people want to rip Bradford. He played well moving to a new team a couple of weeks before the season started and he played behind an absolutely brutal offensive line. Put Bradford on the Cowboys and everyone would be talking about how great he is, kinda like Dak.

  16. tylawspick6 says:
    Jan 5, 2017 6:46 PM
    garropollo to the 9ers for the 2nd overall pick

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    Garoppolo and McDaniels to the Niners for their entire future.

  17. I liked the trade when they made it and still like it.
    -All signs for the Vikes at the start of the year were that the window was open. The Vikes were a 5 win team with Shaun Hill at QB.
    -The opening of a new stadium necessitated some positive energy
    -The window slammed close quickly with the Oline getting hurt one by one, AP’s knee, Diggs getting dinged and the Defense not being able to support the Offensive side the entire season. Oh yea, and Blair Walsh cost the Vikes a couple games
    -There is no guarantee that Teddy will recover and the Vikes get a veteran QB for at least 2 years.
    -Before this year, name one RB or WR he’s played with? Including this year, name one RB or WR he’s played with?
    -He’s only 29- and won’t turn 30 until the end of next year.
    -If the 2017 version of the Vikes have an improved OL (can’t be worse), a running game that gets a league average YPC, gets something out of Treadwell, and Sleeves is able to get it downfield without getting punished, the Vikes should be a 10-11 win team.

    If not, re-set and move on… AGAIN

  18. As other mentioned, the bad OL was a huge part of the issue. Add in the bad running game (also mostly on the OL) and it left longer 3rd down attempts than many other teams, which ties into not converting. The OL was the biggest issue, but I think the WRs bear a little of that. Plenty of other teams have WRs that can turn those short passes into at least a few first downs. The Vikings WRs and TEs didn’t seem able to break many tackles and turn those 4 yards passes into 6 yard first downs.

    Fix the line, and add one more starter level WR to go with Diggs and Thielen, and that first down conversion rate will jump.

  19. kissmysandwich says:
    Jan 5, 2017 7:23 PM
    I disagree with your logic. The QBs job is to deliver the ball accurately to receivers. He can’t help if receivers don’t get open deep, or when that happens.
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    Yeah! Who cares if the last team to lose a regular season game at 5-0 couldn’t make the playoffs, because the offense was so horrible, they averaged less than 19 after the bye week.

    As long as you make quick, smart, precise throws, being at the helm of the 10th worst scoring offense isn’t all that bad.

  20. I don’t care what his completion percentage was, just look at the last 11 games of the season to see his true value. At 3-8, you have to wonder what he was worth and logic would suggest a 1st and a 4th is highway robbery.

    They have a history of bad trades but the Vikings out did themselves with the Hershel Walker trade that no NFL team will come close to duplicating. Want some good news? The Vikings are so inept on drafting that maybe its good they just ship them out the door. That way, nobody can complain with the likes of Laquan Treadslow.

  21. I watched Garoppolo throw a pass to himself this year. I like to think it made the QBR master control program set fire to BSPN’s offices.

  22. Vendetta against Bradford is kinda weird. So he was middle of the pack in 1st down % with an abysmal o-line? He should get a medal. Same for Luck and Dalton this year. All played admirably behind laughably bad o-line’s with zero run game.

  23. 3rd and 8, throw a 5 yard pass, piss off the fans and punt.
    It got really old after a while. Like, green and yellow trash kinda old.

  24. Also, lost in the sour grapes of this article is something more important: the bad rap on Bradford is injuries, and he made it through the whole season without any injury issues.

    But hey, let’s go out of our way to find something to fault in the guy, when he’s one of the best things on the team. Sheesh.

  25. Ok, here’s another stat. He was number 1 in completion percentage over 20 yds as well. Given time, which his o-line was incapable of giving him because of an unreal amount of season ending injuries, he is a very good downfield passer. Crapping on a guy who had the worst o-line in the league is rediculous.

  26. What is wrong with being in the middle of the pack in 1st down percentage? Who cares? You have 4 plays to make a first down. If you complete three passes of 3.5 yards in a row it’s a good thing yes?

    Minnesota had 209 first downs through the air. 12th in the league. Bradford’s passer rating on throws 10 yards or more downfield was 112.5

    His passer rating was HURT by the fact Minnesota’s offense threw short often.

    I hate the Vikings but this gratuitous bashing of a guy using a single meaningless stat is nonsense.

  27. I don’t want to dump on Matt Ryan, but he throws to Sanu, Gabriel, Julio Jones, and Freeman. Bradford had a very mediocre supporting cast. It’s still a team sport and Ryan is not in the same league as Brady and Rodgers even if they do award him the MVP.

  28. For as much crap as everyone gives Bradford let’s keep in mind a majority of his career has been playing for Jeff fisher. Yeah, not even Brady, manning, or Favre could overcome that type of bad coaching. Let’s give him time in minny before bashing him.

  29. Sammy Sleeves has now been an NFL QB for 7 years. He has a winning record in zero of them.

    Maybe you can blame all 4 Rams teams, injuries, the Eagles, and the Super Bowl contender he took over this year.

    You could also conclude he is a decent passer and a bad QB.

  30. It’s one excuse after another, for 56 years now, but they’re the same old tired excuses year after year. I wish you’d at least come up with some new ones. I dunno, maybe the new stadium is poisonous? Black mold in the home locker room? Peterson felt disrespected and poisoned the food? Just please, for Jebus’ sake, come up with a new batch of excuses for their ineptitude.

  31. I don’t think the writer understands the game very well. Controlling the clock is important. Minnesota had the worst running game in the entire NFL by any legitimate measure. Yards, yards per carry, etc. They were an absolute horror show. The Oline was horrific in protection too. The only way to control the clock and not get your QB killed is to throw it short. Bradford did a fantastic job.

    Consider this…Minnesota was 12th in time of possession at 30:35 per game. It is one of the most remarkable stats of the year.

    Whenever you read that the author is Michael David Smith please consider the source of content you are about to consume.

  32. Easy to take a shot a guy looking only at stats. What this article doesn’t point out is that none of the remaining starters on the offensive line were drafted by a team in the NFL. When you are playing your 5th LT and 4th RT he had to get rid of the ball or get killed. Stupid article; should have complimented him on throwing for 4000 yards and having a a 5:1 TD to Int ratio given the line he played behind with the worst running attack in team history.

  33. Not a Bradford fan or a Vikings fan, but there is a reasonable response. The quarterback rating is based on average yards per pass, touchdowns, and completion percentage. If a quarterback is good at all three things, he will have a great QBR. It would be impossible to grade passes for 1st downs because it is impossible to understand the plays and the responsibilities of the quarterback for the play called. Lets for one second consider that the quarterback was following the offensive philosophy and the game plan failed rather than the quarterback

  34. Minnesota should control the clock, being they were built to be a power run, short pass team. It fits into Zimmer’s scheme perfectly with the defense he built.

    Shorten games, grind out the clock, to help avoid getting into high scoring games. It worked out for the most part of it, but they were on the wrong side of most of them after the bye week.

  35. Using this logic QBs should be penalized for 1-yard TD passess too. Amazingly, the NFL’s complicated QB rating is far and away the best measurement of quarterbacks.

  36. Its funny hearing all the talk about the trade. I don’t think most people realize we are only halfway through the trade. There is still a full season to be played before we can really know if it was worth it or not.

    If Teddy isn’t ready at the start of the season, think about the dilemma the vikings would be in trying to fix the O-line AND find a decent QB. We would be stuck signing Cousins (who, in my opinion, is not as good as bradford) for too much money or we would have to take a chance with our first round pick on a QB who would most likely not be able to carry the team to the playoffs (there aren’t too many Daks out there), or we would have to trade something (like a first round pick…) for a starting caliber QB (like bradford…). At this point in time, its still looking like a solid trade for the vikings.

    In my opinion, the vikings should start bradford next year and give ample time for teddys recovery. When Teddy is ready to play (mid to late season?), put him in if Bradford isn’t playing well. If Bradford is playing at about the same level as he did this past season (or better), let him continue to play as long as we’re winning a decent amount of games.

    I like bradford and I think he is a solid QB. I can really only think of a handful of QBs who I think would have been better given the Oline struggles the vikings faced this year. That being said, Teddy might not be quite as good of a passer, but he has that winning mentality and is much more clutch than bradford. Long term, I’d stick with Teddy.

    The only way this trade ends up as a bust for the vikings is if Bradford doesn’t play another snap (Teddy comes back healthy and remains healthy) or if his level of play drops off significantly from what we saw this past season. It could happen, but I doubt it will.

  37. Speaking of ridiculous, Michael David Smith, you wrote this entire article and did not mention the reason for the short passes… the O-line was completely decimated by injuries. So many injuries that 3rd stringers were starting. Guys that you’d normally see in the 4th qtr. of a preseason game. None of what you’ve written is in context, which means you either don’t know the situation and you’re talking out of your butt or you’re just getting your hate on for Bradford. Either way, it’s just poor work. Extremely poor.

  38. So the Vikings start 5-0 get hurt replacements come in and they miss the playoffs and everyone talks about how nice of a season it is.

    The Packers are 4-6 using a WR at RB and having there 3rd and 4th CBs trying to hang pro bowl WRs for much of the second half of the season, and come back to win the division, and “they still fail cuz they will be one and done”

    NFL players and they need to show improvement, sure they may be 4th or 5th stringers but by the end the season they need to be playing better than they were earlier, and both the Vikings OL and GBs secondary have been banged up for quite some time. So they should have shown some progress.

  39. Not once in this article did you mention his offensive line that would have turned him into a puddle after less than a second. Such an unfair assessment. Bradford was a pleasant surprise this year and most Viking fans know he is a better ab than bridgewater. He, Rudolph, thielan, and diggs were the only people on that offense worth keeping around. I think Bradford throws a nice ball. Put Brady or Rodgers behind that offensive line with that atrocious running game and limited options for passing, and I guarantee you they don’t look like they typically do, and probably develop a similar strategy: get rid of the ball fast!

    Why does this site pile on the Vikings? Yesterday there was an article practically laughing at Marcus sherels because he won’t get a bonus since hill beat him in touchdowns. players not getting a contract incentive bonus happens all the time in the nfl because not everybody can lead the league in their position, but yet, this site posts about Marcus sherels strictly because he is a Viking.

    And don’t answer with the typical ‘because of all the Viking fan trolls!’ Come on people, they are fake accounts!

  40. “What is wrong with being in the middle of the pack in 1st down percentage? Who cares? You have 4 plays to make a first down. If you complete three passes of 3.5 yards in a row it’s a good thing yes?”
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    Yeah, I’m pretty sure this doesn’t work like you think it works. The article isn’t talking about Sammy’s percentage when throwing ON first down, it’s talking about his percentage throwing FOR first downs. Which stunk.

  41. I live in Minnesota and right around the time Norv quit, all the sports radio shows we’re talking about how they were looking forward to a controlled short passing game, because Norv’s downfield passing attack was getting Bradford killed. Bradford survived, but their offense collapsed.

    Careful what you wish for.

  42. No, completion percentage isn’t “meaningless” simply because it is just one of many statistics that can be used to describe QB play. Is it meaningless that Drew Brees had a 71.1% completion percentage? I’m guessing he wouldn’t have passed for 5,000 yards with a 65% completion percentage.

    Aside from Bradford, there were two other QBs who completed over 70% of their passes: Matt Ryan and Drew Brees. They were also the top two rated QBs at Football Outsiders. That’s not a coincidence.

    No, completion % isn’t the end-all/be-all of stats. But nobody is claiming that it is.

  43. Put Bradford behind a good offensive line with descent receivers and he could win a Super Bowl. But you can tell the Vikings offensive line is bad when Peterson gets hit when he was taking the hand off and couldn’t get out of the back field.

  44. I don’t care about the stats. Bottom line if Bradford just like Teddy would throw 25 TDs the Vikings would be a easy 10+ win team. Cannot continue to attempt FG in the red zone against QBs like A.Rodg.

  45. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jan 5, 2017 6:35 PM
    Sounds like he’s a middle-of-the-pack quarterback. Was somebody arguing that he’s elite? It drove me crazy when he consistently threw short of the first down marker on third down, but that seemed to be a much bigger problem in the middle of the season than in the beginning or near the end. I think he became extremely gun shy from being hit a lot and was just looking to get rid of the ball.

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    If he is “middle of the road” what is the guy that averaged fewer than 1TD per game for two straight seasons?

  46. Put him behind the Dallas offensive line with Zeeke at RB and the receiving corp of the Cowboys. That would be something to see…

  47. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Jan 5, 2017 11:10 PM

    “What is wrong with being in the middle of the pack in 1st down percentage? Who cares? You have 4 plays to make a first down. If you complete three passes of 3.5 yards in a row it’s a good thing yes?”
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    Yeah, I’m pretty sure this doesn’t work like you think it works. The article isn’t talking about Sammy’s percentage when throwing ON first down, it’s talking about his percentage throwing FOR first downs. Which stunk.
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    So the article said 17th out of 33, that would tell me hes in the top 50%, so the other 51 % sucked or that just doesn’t fit your narrative? Yea the Vikings had their share of troubles on offense with 0 running game and 4th and 5th string guys playing on the offensive line, a. if you don’t have the time to throw the ball, then you have to get rid of it quick, id rather him check it down and give the receiver an opportunity to make a first down then take a sack. b. Your receivers need to run routes beyond the first down, many times they did not do this c. If completing a pass at this high of a percentage is so easy, why isn’t every other QB able to do this, I mean Bradford is terrible right? d. Lastly to the packer troll : Bradford shredded your team for 678 yards 5tds and 0 ints in two games, only an average of 334 per game, he was the least of the problems

  48. mykelane says:
    Jan 5, 2017 7:35 PM

    Eagles fans know that trading check down Sammy for a first round pick was highway robbery.
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    Funny a eagles fan mentioning check downs when Carson Wentz was 2nd to last in the NFL in YPA, only better then the Brockweiler. Let me know how highly you’ll think the of Eagles GM in a few years you realize how much you gave up to get Wentz, When Wentz doesn’t pan out and you realize your Gm traded the better QB away.

  49. When Brady throws short passes, he is called the GOAT!

    When Carr throws short passes, he is called a great young QB with a bright future!

    When Bradford throws short passes, he is now called the short pass master!

    But when Alex Smith throws short passes, he is just a game manager.

    Florio? MDS? Care to explain?

  50. Yes, the Vikings o-line was/is pathetic, but let’s not discount the fact that Bradford does nothing to help with avoiding the rush. The guy can’t scramble an egg.

    Want to gain some time to allow plays to develop downfield? Juke a few guys in the backfield and roll out once in a while. See Aaron Rodgers for an excellent example.

  51. The harsh reality Viking fans have to face next year is even if all of their current offensive linemen were healthy they still suck! Adam Boone, are you kidding me? He added almost nothing to their performance for the money they paid him.

  52. It’s funny journalism that comes from this same medium claims the lions defense can’t stop QBs due to the lions allowing a high completion % vs opposing qbs. Now you want to come out and say there’s not enough evidence with this statistics to prove effectiveness. Hmm?

  53. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Jan 5, 2017 9:08 PM
    It’s one excuse after another, for 56 years now, but they’re the same old tired excuses year after year. I wish you’d at least come up with some new ones. I dunno, maybe the new stadium is poisonous? Black mold in the home locker room? Peterson felt disrespected and poisoned the food? Just please, for Jebus’ sake, come up with a new batch of excuses for their ineptitude.

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    At least they aren’t blaming the refs like they usually do.

  54. filthymcnasty3 says:
    Jan 5, 2017 9:00 PM
    Laquon Treadwell was a nobody until Sam Bradford came onto the scene.

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    You mean the WR that is the “Next Dez”? The same WR that only had 1 reception this entire season.

  55. cabbage….

    My post doesn’t mention throwing ON first down. It mentions throwing on ALL downs. You can’t throw three times in a row for 3.5 yards without running through three downs.

    Sam Bradford threw 552 passes for 197 first downs which is a first down percentage of 35.7 – stinks.

    Aaron Rodgers threw 610 passes for 220 first downs which is a first down percentage of 36.0 – Stink too?

    The writer tries to incorporate completions into the statistic of first down percentage. Completions has nothing to do with first down percentage-only first downs and attempts are involved. The writer doesn’t understand the statistic he is using.

  56. First off sam had like 7 or 8 different offensive line combinations. Next look how well he played in short time he had to learn the offense. Third to whoever made comment on scrambling, he has had major surgery on both knees in 2 different seasons from crappy o line with rams. Third I like Peterson but he is injury prone and has been since college. So the point is football games are won and lost in the trenches. You can have the worst fundamental technique qb and win because of o line being good…look at broncos with tebow….

  57. whispersd says:
    Jan 6, 2017 12:14 AM

    Aside from Bradford, there were two other QBs who completed over 70% of their passes: Matt Ryan and Drew Brees. They were also the top two rated QBs at Football Outsiders. That’s not a coincidence
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    BRees and Ryan used their completion level Tage to help put up points tbough…

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