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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Had The 3rd Lowest Bad Throw Percentage In 2012


Over the weekend, we took a look at the stats of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as it relates to him passing deep in his own end of the field, and today we will look at just how accurate he was in 2012 compared to other the starting quarterbacks in the league.

The numbers below are courtesy of STATS, and they consist of bad passes thrown in relation to the total number of adjusted pass attempts in 2012. The columns are pretty straight forward as from left to right they are Total Passes Attempted, Spiked Passes, Pass Thrown Away Intentionally, Adjusted Passing Attempts, Pass Over Thrown, Passes Under Thrown, Passes Thrown Wide, Total Bad Passes and Percentage Of Bad Passes Thrown.

As you can see, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had the least percentage of bad throws in 2012 and in second place was New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. Roethlisberger came in third just ahead of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

According to the complete stat line, only two of Roethlisberger\'s bad throws last season resulted in interceptions, but even if you were to count the other six interceptions as bad throws, his percentage would still only be 12.79%.

For all the accolades that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady receives, his 2012 bad throw percentage was worse than that of New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. It is important to keep this stat in perspective; however, as Brady of course completed a far greater percentage of passes than Sanchez did and the idea that I am comparing the two is ridiculous. A poor bad throw percentage didn\'t keep Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco from winning the Super Bowl in 2012, either. In other words, stats like this one can be deceptive.

In the grand scheme of things, a bad throw percentage really doesn\'t reflect the overall success of a quarterback during a season, but having a good one certainly means that he is giving his receivers a good opportunity to make a catch more times than not. Little things such as this are not often taken into consideration when the "experts" attempt to rank the quarterbacks, however, and it\'s just one more area where Roethlisberger is better than most of his peers.

PLAYER TEAM ATT SPIKE TA ADJ ATT OT UT WIDE TOT BAD % BAD
Matt Ryan ATL 615 0 15 600 30 11 26 67 11.17%
Drew Brees NO 670 3 32 635 25 20 27 72 11.34%
Ben Roethlisberger PIT 449 6 13 430 30 7 12 49 11.40%
Peyton Manning DEN 583 3 9 571 31 13 23 67 11.73%
Russell Wilson SEA 393 0 28 365 26 5 14 45 12.33%
Robert Griffin III WAS 393 2 9 382 22 11 18 51 13.35%
Aaron Rodgers GB 552 3 21 528 32 13 27 72 13.64%
Carson Palmer OAK 565 4 3 558 31 16 32 79 14.16%
Matt Hasselbeck TEN 221 0 7 214 7 4 20 31 14.49%
Eli Manning NYG 536 0 15 521 38 14 26 78 14.97%
Sam Bradford STL 551 7 18 526 37 7 35 79 15.02%
Andy Dalton CIN 528 3 13 512 45 2 30 77 15.04%
Tony Romo DAL 648 3 15 630 44 10 41 95 15.08%
Colin Kaepernick SF 218 0 13 205 15 4 12 31 15.12%
Philip Rivers SD 527 2 41 484 25 15 36 76 15.70%
Matt Cassel KC 277 7 9 261 21 5 15 41 15.71%
Matt Schaub HOU 544 0 26 518 36 15 31 82 15.83%
Christian Ponder MIN 483 0 22 461 34 8 32 74 16.05%
Brandon Weeden CLE 517 1 24 492 36 8 36 80 16.26%
Michael Vick PHI 351 2 17 332 23 12 19 54 16.27%
Matthew Stafford DET 727 4 23 700 48 8 58 114 16.29%
Blaine Gabbert JAC 278 0 4 274 27 2 16 45 16.42%
Jay Cutler CHI 434 0 4 430 37 16 18 71 16.51%
Ryan Tannehill MIA 484 2 22 460 35 8 34 77 16.74%
Mark Sanchez NYJ 453 2 7 444 37 7 35 79 17.79%
Tom Brady NE 637 3 23 611 43 21 47 111 18.17%
Andrew Luck IND 627 8 17 602 55 18 38 111 18.44%
Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF 505 2 9 494 44 17 31 92 18.62%
Joe Flacco BAL 531 0 19 512 60 5 34 99 19.34%
Kevin Kolb ARI 183 0 9 174 15 4 15 34 19.54%
Cam Newton CAR 485 2 19 464 53 9 29 91 19.61%
Josh Freeman TB 558 2 21 535 57 19 36 112 20.93%

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  • mem359

    Are these “Bad Passes” that resulted in incompletions, or will they include under/over thrown passes where the receiver still managed to bail out the QB? (I’m thinking of Flacco and that Denver playoff game.)

  • SteelersDepot

    incompletions

  • steeltown

    Look at Russell Wilson and R.Griffin at the top part of the list.. that’s pretty impressive considering they were rookies

  • RMSteeler

    Would like to see a comparison with a year before Haley’s “short” passing game started. Would also like to see the teams compared by avg height of receivers. Receivers with large catch radiuses don’t need as accurate a throw if they have good vision and body control. For the past few seasons, the Steelers may have been near the bottom in average receiver height. Ben had to be accurate with smaller targets.

  • Guest

    What about QB throwing it away instead of taking a sack

  • Don

    That’s the TA that is removed along with Spikes to derive the Adjusted Attempts.

  • Don

    I’d also like to see the year-to-year trend to see how stable this metric is.

  • steves

    Flacco had the most pases overthrown (60) and was near the bottom of the list on bad throws. Just goes to show, if a player or team gets HOT in the playoffs, they can have a so/so year and still win it all!
    Ben didn’t have many passes and that was due to him missing games being hurt. I was suprised that Matt Ryan had the lowest percentage of bad passes made.

  • steves

    Recievers like Hines and Miller sure helped Ben’s numbers with their clutch catches. Santonio Holmes was a good reciever to make Ben look good. He made unbelievable catches.

  • Dan

    And we also have to keep in mind some human being here is making a judgement call on which of these incompletions are considered on target or a bad throw. I’m sure there are plenty of borderline throws and receiver errors in the mix.
    But all in all a great stat and another example of how Steelersdepot is the best non-porn site on the internet.

  • Luke Shabro

    Wilson reminds me a lot of Drew Brees but with more mobility. Not saying that just because of height but also because of how well he slings the rock. Great accuracy, great at throwing receivers open. Such a good kid. I used to dread when the Seachickens and Deadskins were on TV and thanks to those two I can actually enjoy watching those teams now

  • steeltown

    Very true..

    I was all for the Steelers drafting Russell 2yrs ago, I liked him coming out of college under the radar.. but in retrospect it would suck for him to have to sit on the bench behind Ben for the next 4yrs, but damn how sweet would it be to have him as your backup!

    Not to say I don’t like our current situation with Gradkowski and Jones…. but 2yrs ago we still had Lefty as #2

  • Don

    Top QB stats, top Defense… numbers must not mean much- whoa, I take it back. Some numbers ARE important: 8 wins and 8 losses. THATS an important number, and the only one that counts.

  • Luke Shabro

    I agree. Jones is already 24. He might be 28 before he even gets a chance to be the starter (barring injury). We’ll see how Ben is at 34. The thing about Ben is he extends the play but he’s not a runner so aging hopefully shouldn’t hurt him as much as say a Michael Vick. I feel better about our QB situation than I did last year

  • Don

    You feel better about the QB situation this year? Because of what? You think Ben is not gonna miss games because of injury? LOL- I hope you like the back-ups.

  • Luke Shabro

    I like Gradkowski more than Leftwich and Batch at this point in their careers. With any luck Ben only misses a game or two. Really it’s all about when he gets injured.

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