Sorry, article is about Tom Brady, but it gives the "bad pass" breakdown in the article. Matt Ryan - top 10 in good passes
Tom Brady was among league's worst in 'bad passes' last season
Published: Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 1:26 AM Updated: Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 8:37 AM
Nick Underhill, MassLive.com By Nick Underhill, MassLive.com
tom-brady.jpegAPNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) delivers a pass during an NFL football training camp in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, July 29, 2012.
For years we’ve been told that Tom Brady almost never wastes a throw.
There’s countless visual evidence to support that notion, and little reason to doubt it. Every week he carves up defenses with precision, masterfully picking his spots as if his opposition is operating in slow motion.
But numbers are numbers. Even if your eyes and mind don’t want to believe them, they exist, and I came across some that are willing to challenge what we’ve long accepted as fact.
It turns out that Brady makes a high percentage of bad passes.
I had trouble digesting it myself, so I suspect that many of you will as well. But it’s true. Brady completely missed his mark – short, long or wide – on more than 17 percent of his passes last season, according to numbers compiled by Stats, Inc.
Here’s a breakdown of how it all played out:
Overthrown passes: 36 of 611
Underthrown passes: 26
Wide passes: 45
Total bad passes: 107, or 17.5 percent
(It's worth noting here that Brady completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 5,235 yards and 39 touchdowns. Keep that in perspective while reading.)
Nine other passes not included in those figures were plays labeled as wide receiver-quarterback miscommunications. That figure seems really low, but at least a few blatantly obvious offenses were removed from the equation.
Here is how he stacks up against the top 31 passers from last season:
1. Drew Brees (61 bad passes/657 attempts) 9.3 percent
2. Tony Romo (68/522) 12.3 percent
3. Philip Rivers (74/582) 12.7 percent
4. Colt McCoy (61/463) 13.2 percent
5. Josh Freeman (74/551) 13.4 percent
6. Kyle Orton (34/252) 13.5 percent
7. Kevin Kolb (35/253) 13.8 percent
7. Eli Manning (81/589) 13.8 percent
9. Aaron Rodgers (70/502) 13.9 percent
10. Matt Ryan (80/566) 14.1 percent
11. Alex Smith (64/445) 14.4 percent
12. Matthew Stafford (97/663) 14.6 percent
12. Ben Roethlisberger (75/513) 14.6 percent
14. Matt Hasselbeck (76/518) 14.7 percent
14. Tarvaris Jackson (66/450) 14.7 percent
16. Andy Dalton (78/516) 15.1 percent
17. Mike Vick (65/423) 15.4 percent
18. Rex Grossman (72/458) 15.7 percent
19. Matt Moore (55/347) 15.9 percent
20. Matt Schaub (47/292) 16.1 percent
21. Tom Brady (107/611) 17.5 percent
21. Jay Cutler (55/314) 17.5 percent
22. Ryan Fitzpatrick (101/569) 17.8 percent
23. Mark Sanchez (97/543) 17.9 percent
23. Christian Ponder (52/291) 17.9 percent
25. Joe Flacco (100/542) 18.5 percent
26. Cam Newton (101/517) 19.5 percent
27. Sam Bradford (70/357) 19.6 percent
28. John Skelton (62/275) 22.5 percent
29. Blaine Gabbert (94/413) 22.8 percent
30. Tim Tebow (71/271) 26.2 percent
31. Carson Palmer (101/328) 30.8 percent
Unfortunately we don’t have the data necessary to place each of those passes in context, so it’s hard to determine what this all means, if anything at all. Did a receiver run the wrong route? Did he face pressure on any of these plays? How many of the passes were shots down the field? How did the numbers change from previous years?
As of right now we don’t have the answer to those questions (and we really wish we did because there are some weird things going on in that list), but looking at other statistics and trends, we can at least start to piece the puzzle together and come to a reasonable hypothesis as to why Brady is so uncharacteristically low on a passer list.