Air Yards

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  1. nineteen72

    nineteen72 Member

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    Air Yards - Look at Tannehill

    I have been tinkering a bit with some statistics from this past year regarding quarterbacks. What prompted me to research this a little bit was because of my intense hatred (but well respected) for the Patriots and especially Brady. I am sick of watching his little slant pattern completions for less yards than what the receiver runs for after the catch BUT Brady gets credit for the YAC. Its a bit confusing why we would give the QB the YAC but this has always been part of the way football stats have been compiled. This is just a sampling of the data sorted high to low by Average Air Completion (Final Column). Air Yards are simply total yards minus YAC (Yards after catch). To me, Air Yards tell alot about the ability for the QB to throw down the field. This is my first real post....take at easy on me. :)

    Most importantly take a look at where Tannehill stands with everyone....pretty telling, eh? When I originally looked at the numbers, I chose the top ten teams who posted the highest YAC as a team and then added a few others like Tannehill, Luck, RG3, and Wilson to see how the rookies stacked up. Here's the source I was using: http://hosted.stats.com/fb/tmleaders.asp?type=Receiving&range=NFL&rank=231


    [TABLE="width: 831"]

    2012
    Attempts
    Completions
    Yards
    YAC
    AIR YARDS
    Yards/Attempt
    Yards/Completion
    Avg Air Attempt
    Avg Air Completion

    Andrew Luck
    627
    339
    4374
    1730
    2644
    7.0
    12.9
    4.2
    7.8

    Russell Wilson
    393
    252
    3118
    1361
    1757
    7.9
    12.4
    4.5
    7.0

    Drew Brees
    670
    422
    5177
    2280
    2897
    7.7
    12.3
    4.3
    6.9

    Ryan Tannehill
    484
    282
    3294
    1388
    1906
    6.8
    11.7
    3.9
    6.8

    Tony Romo
    648
    425
    4903
    2064
    2839
    7.6
    11.5
    4.4
    6.7

    Peyton Manning
    583
    400
    4659
    1998
    2661
    8.0
    11.6
    4.6
    6.7

    Matt Stafford
    727
    435
    4967
    2217
    2750
    6.8
    11.4
    3.8
    6.3

    Tom Brady
    637
    401
    4827
    2352
    2475
    7.6
    12.0
    3.9
    6.2

    Matt Ryan
    615
    422
    4719
    2169
    2550
    7.7
    11.2
    4.1
    6.0

    Aaron Rodgers
    552
    371
    4295
    2177
    2118
    7.8
    11.6
    3.8
    5.7

    RG III
    393
    258
    3200
    1762
    1438
    8.1
    12.4
    3.7
    5.6

    Carson Palmer
    565
    345
    4018
    2169
    1849
    7.1
    11.6
    3.3
    5.4

    Michael Vick
    351
    204
    2362
    2007
    355
    6.7
    11.6
    1.0
    1.7

    Total
    7245
    4556
    53913
    25674
    28239
    7.4
    11.8
    3.9
    6.2
    [/TABLE]
     
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  2. MP-Omnis

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    Luck should've been OROTY
     
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    Wonder what Marino's career and peak years "air yards" were
     
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    Arians runs a vertical offens, but I didn't expect to see Tannehill that high.

    Even though Brady gets a lot of inflated stats from YAC, he still is excellent in the Red Zone and that's where QBs really earn their paycheck.
     
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    Vick got a new contract?
     
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    Interesting to see the numbers side by side. Both Air/Completion and Air/Attempt are interesting, and tell different stories. For someone like Luck where he threw deeper often but at a lower completion percentage so relatively his Air/A are lower. You may or may not be interested to know that as I've charted the QBs coming into the draft this year, their Air/C average around 6.33 or slightly higher than the average you get .
     

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