Though we certainly miss football during the offseason, it’s always a good time to take a step back and analyze our plethora of data.
We’re often so busy grading and collecting data during the season that we’re unable to put a lot of the information to good use. With that said, we’ve decided to declare June as “QB Month” as we break down NFL quarterbacks every which way.
This piece will give a slightly different look at quarterbacks from the previous entries in the series as the focus is solely on quarterback and scheme tendencies. Which QBs like to throw the ball down the field? Who throws the highest percentages of screens? Which route is each quarterback’s favorite?
It’s all here. Let’s have a look. (click table images to enlarge)
• Russell Wilson had the highest percentage of designed rollouts, or bootlegs, at 14.5%. Christian Ponder ranked second at 11.0%.
• Terrelle Pryor led the league with 16.6% of his attempts coming from a scramble. Tom Brady had the lowest percentage at 0.7%.
Shotgun vs. Under Center vs. Pistol
• 75.1% of NFL drop-backs came out of the shotgun or pistol.
• Shotgun stats include pistol for this exercise.
• Carson Palmer had the highest percentage of his drop-backs come from under center at 42.4%
• Robert Griffin III had the highest percentage of his drop-backs come out of the pistol at 27.9% with Case Keenum ranking second at 23.5%
• Russell Wilson used play action a league-high 34.1% of his drop-backs. Ben Roethlisberger used it a league-low 11.6% of the time.
• Colin Kaepernick used play action on 46.2% of his first down drop-backs to lead the league.
vs. Blitz, Pressure
• Geno Smith faced the blitz a league-high 42.9% of his dropbacks. Peyton Manning faced blitzes a league-low 23.6%, just below rookie E.J. Manuel who is a bit of a surprise entry as the quarterback facing the second fewest blitzes at only 24.0%.
• Despite the high sack totals, Ryan Tannehill faced pressure 33.6% of the time, below the league average of 35.5%.
Vs. Third-Down Blitz
• Conventional wisdom says to avoid blitzing Peyton Manning on third down and most of the league adheres as he faced the blitz only 26.8% of his third down drop-backs.
• Manuel’s blitz percentages rises to 34.7% on third down, showing that he rarely faces the extra rushers on early downs.
• Eight of the Top 10 quarterbacks facing the highest percentage of blitzes on third down were in their first or second year in the league.
Vs. Blitz, 4-Man Pressure
• This chart shows how often pressure got to the quarterback in blitz and non-blitz situations, first as a percentage of total drop-backs (first four charts), then as a percentage of total opportunities (last two charts).
• Geno Smith faced pressure from a blitz on 22.1% of his drop-backs.
• Terrelle Pryor faced pressure 57.9% of the time he was blitzed, a league high.
• All four quarterbacks that faced the highest percentage of pressure from the blitz were essentially in their first year as starters (Pryor, Keenum, G. Smith, Glennon).
• Blitzes pressured Peyton Manning only 26.9% of the time, a league low.
More breakdowns on Page 2: drop-backs, time to throw, and target locations…