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Closer Look At The Ben Roethlisberger Deep Passing Stats


Below are the long passing stats of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for his career through week 6 of this season and they are broken down by year and by distance thrown.

The top table is the grand total of all passes 21 yards or more. The headings should be pretty straight forward and I included the total amount of passing attempts in the next to last column and the last column is the percentage of the long balls thrown of all attempts.

The first thing that sticks out this season is that only 9% of all passes thrown this year have been 21 yards or longer. This is 2% less than his career average and 3% off of the total last year. His 35% completion percentage for the long ball is on par with last year, but he also has 2 more interceptions than he had all of last year on long passes in addition.

While his 41 yard plus passing has been superb this year, his completion percentage on balls thrown in the 21-40 yard range is where he has been less effective and it shows in his yards per attempt. In 9 pass attempts in the 21-30 yard length, he has only completed 2 for a career low 5.9 yards per attempt. This has been pretty evident in his accuracy this season so far as he has been off this year.

Another problem this year has been his failure to connect with Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown consistently, as this is where the completion percentages are off on all passes thrown as I pointed out a few post back.

These stats also blow the theory out of the water through the first 6 games that offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is having Roethlisberger throw long too much as he is at a career low percentage wise right now as I mentioned above.

So how is Ben doing on all other passes 20 yards and less this year? He heads into week 7 with a 65% completion percentage as he is 115 of 178 passing for 1309 yards. He has 7 touchdowns and 3 interceptions and currently owns a 92.6 passer rating for that distance. Not shabby for sure, but his week 5 game against the Titans certainly didn\’t hurt those numbers and was the reason I believe the Jaguars consistently had 9 or more defenders within 8 yards of the line of scrimmage last week. They were betting that they could get enough pressure on Roethlisberger while protecting against the short pass and offer good run support. They dared him to hit the 21-40 yard passes most of the windy day and he couldn\’t for the most part.

I expect the Cardinals to try to do the same this week defensively. If Big Ben can be more accurate this week in that 21-40 yard range, they should be able to move the ball more effectively, assuming they can run with some moderate success in addition. If the Cardinals play deep to protect against the big play, look for Roethlisberger to take the underneath stuff like he did against the Titans.

Ben Roethlisberger Career Deep Passing Stats

Pass Thrown 21+ yds
YEAR COMP ATT YDS COMP % YPA LNG TD INT PR TOT ATT %
2011 6 17 267 35% 15.7 81 2 3 83.2 195 9%
2010 16 46 587 35% 12.8 56 4 1 103.1 389 12%
2009 27 57 996 47% 17.5 60 9 3 111.3 506 11%
2008 13 45 505 29% 11.2 65 5 3 83.1 469 10%
2007 22 47 702 47% 14.9 83 11 4 97.3 404 12%
2006 15 51 484 29% 9.5 49 4 8 53.2 469 11%
2005 11 31 461 35% 14.9 63 1 4 54.9 268 12%
2004 15 44 556 34% 12.6 48 5 5 80.9 295 15%
TOTAL 125 338 4558 37% 13.5 81 41 31 86.4 2995 11%
Pass Thrown 21-30 yds
YEAR COMP ATT YDS COMP % YPA LNG TD INT PR TOT ATT %
2011 2 9 53 22% 5.9 30 0 2 12.0 195 5%
2010 7 27 210 26% 7.8 35 0 0 59.5 389 7%
2009 17 33 541 52% 16.4 57 4 1 124.1 506 7%
2008 6 21 199 29% 9.5 49 2 1 78.5 469 4%
2007 13 29 324 45% 11.2 45 5 2 96.8 404 7%
2006 12 32 348 38% 10.9 47 2 2 73.4 469 7%
2005 4 18 146 22% 8.1 49 0 3 21.3 268 7%
2004 6 19 195 32% 10.3 39 2 2 66.7 295 6%
TOTALS 67 188 2016 36% 10.7 57 15 13 74.3 2995 6%
Pass Thrown 31-40 yds
YEAR COMP ATT YDS COMP % YPA LNG TD INT PR TOT ATT %
2011 1 4 40 25% 10 40 0 0 68.8 195 2%
2010 7 13 268 54% 20.6 50 2 1 106.6 389 3%
2009 4 11 144 36% 13.1 41 2 1 86.2 506 2%
2008 4 15 143 27% 9.5 48 1 0 89.0 469 3%
2007 6 10 212 60% 21.2 42 4 0 143.8 404 2%
2006 1 11 49 9% 4.5 49 1 4 36.4 469 2%
2005 4 9 152 44% 16.9 41 0 1 51.6 268 3%
2004 7 18 272 39% 15.1 48 2 1 100.5 295 6%
TOTALS 34 91 1280 37% 14.1 50 12 8 88.3 2995 3%
Pass Thrown 41+ yds
YEAR COMP ATT YDS COMP % YPA LNG TD INT PR TOT ATT %
2011 3 4 174 75% 43.5 81 2 1 116.7 195 2%
2010 2 6 109 33% 18.2 56 2 0 121.5 389 2%
2009 6 13 311 46% 23.9 60 3 1 100.2 506 3%
2008 3 9 163 33% 18.1 65 2 2 81.9 469 2%
2007 3 8 166 38% 20.8 83 2 2 85.4 404 2%
2006 2 8 87 25% 10.9 49 1 2 72.4 469 2%
2005 3 4 163 75% 40.8 63 1 0 156.3 268 1%
2004 2 7 89 29% 12.7 47 1 2 79.2 295 2%
TOTALS 24 59 1262 41% 21.4 81 14 10 88.1 2995 2%

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About Dave Bryan

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NXON22FQSDCCSA2WHZIRTHQWTU Greig

    Even if the roof is open on University of Phoenix stadium, there is no concern of wind in Glendale Arizona.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Still think Arians has us passing too deep too often but I do believe some of the blame goes to Ben for always extending plays looking for a big gainer.

  • SteelersDepot

    Do not see how you can say that. Seems I caught the Arians haters with their pants down. lol It’s OK to admit it.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    My question to you Dave would be who do you blame for a team who has this many offensive weapons but no results. A team that cannot convert a 3rd and short and cannot score a TD in the red zone? Arians is great between the 20’s …hasnt won football games…thank God for a great defense. :)

  • Thomas

    2007, when I decided I was a steelers/big ben fan after barely knowing football during my adolecense

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Terrence-Ganten/547732499 Terrence Ganten

    ok this sounds great and all but you should also tell us how many of these depp throws were end of half/game hail marries. I know of at least 5 for sure.

  • Phillipjos

    Ben shouldnt have to throw more than 20 passes…like the old steelers they use to blow people off the line and trap block and run up and down the field…the passing game is good…they need to open up the holes so mendy can get past the first tackle,play action is owr best weapon…

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