The first thing critics probably said after reading the title was probably something along the lines of “yeah but he can’t throw deep” or “he just checks down, those are easy throws.”
Well, this isn’t a rating based on completion percentage. In fact, this is more about what accuracy truly means outside of what we have grown to have it mean as a statistic.
Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus charted just how accurate each throw was by a quarterback from within nine yards of the line of scrimmage. What does that mean exactly?
Well, Palazzolo provides a pretty nice diagram in his article demonstrating proper ball location. On these throws underneath, you want your quarterback to be leading the receiver, so they can keep as much of their speed as possible. This eliminates throws that were behind the target that may have been completed in game.


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