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.

Matt RyanATL6150156003011266711.17%
Drew BreesNO6703326352520277211.34%
Ben RoethlisbergerPIT449613430307124911.40%
Peyton ManningDEN583395713113236711.73%
Russell WilsonSEA393028365265144512.33%
Robert Griffin IIIWAS393293822211185113.35%
Aaron RodgersGB5523215283213277213.64%
Carson PalmerOAK565435583116327914.16%
Matt HasselbeckTEN2210721474203114.49%
Eli ManningNYG5360155213814267814.97%
Sam BradfordSTL551718526377357915.02%
Andy DaltonCIN528313512452307715.04%
Tony RomoDAL6483156304410419515.08%
Colin KaepernickSF218013205154123115.12%
Philip RiversSD5272414842515367615.70%
Matt CasselKC27779261215154115.71%
Matt SchaubHOU5440265183615318215.83%
Christian PonderMIN483022461348327416.05%
Brandon WeedenCLE517124492368368016.26%
Michael VickPHI3512173322312195416.27%
Matthew StaffordDET7274237004885811416.29%
Blaine GabbertJAC27804274272164516.42%
Jay CutlerCHI434044303716187116.51%
Ryan TannehillMIA484222460358347716.74%
Mark SanchezNYJ45327444377357917.79%
Tom BradyNE63732361143214711118.17%
Andrew LuckIND62781760255183811118.44%
Ryan FitzpatrickBUF505294944417319218.62%
Joe FlaccoBAL531019512605349919.34%
Kevin KolbARI18309174154153419.54%
Cam NewtonCAR485219464539299119.61%
Josh FreemanTB55822153557193611220.93%

  • 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.)

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  • 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.