Derek Anderson: Where He Ranks
Posted by disappointmentzone on 13 December 2007
Each week The Disappointment Zone gives the QB Score and QB Score per play statistics of the Browns’ quarterbacks, which since week two has been Derek Anderson. During that time Derek Anderson’s performance has rarely been put in the larger context of how he compares to his peers. With discussions cropping up about what the Browns should do re: Anderson after the season now seems like a good time to provide that context.
Of the 34 qualifying quarterbacks, Anderson has been the 8th best quarterback this season, as measured by QB Score per play. He’s played better than a number of highly regarded quarterbacks, including Ben Roethlisberger, Carson Palmer, Drew Brees and Cleo Lemon. Take from this what you will, but do not view this list as an unassailable hierarchy of NFL quarterbacks. It’s a good jumping off point for further discussion, though.
Historical Average is 1.85
QB Score = All Yards – 3*All Plays – 30*All Turnovers
All Yards = Passing Yards + Rushing Yards – Yards Lost from Sacks
All Plays = Pass Attempts + Rushing Attempts + Sacks
All Turnovers = Interceptions + Fumbles Lost