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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...e=NFL&rank=231


    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
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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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    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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