BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 06: Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens throws a pass during training camp at M&T Bank Stadium on August 6, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
At the end of most NFL box scores in the quarterback's passing stats is what has been known as "QB Rating." This number, which has been known to be as high as 158 and as low as 0, has been the standard for ranking not only a QBs effectiveness for an individual game, but also for a season or career. Now, that standard is being ripped to shreds as a new rating called "Total Quarterback Rating," or "QBR" has emerged, which apparently is a more true indication of a signal-caller's value.
ESPN hightlighted the new rating system with a detailed explanation of what factors decide the ratings and subsequent rankings of the league's best & worst QBs. The difference between the two includes in the new rating, sacks, poor throws and yards after the catch (YAC) to more accurately gauge the QBs effect on the team's victory or contribution to the loss.
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady should not surprised anyone by being rated as the top QB in 2010, but some of the other names at the top, in the middle and near the bottom of the list may surprise or even anger you. Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan jumps up to #3 in 2010, while Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger drops to #10. While seeing Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco two spots below Big Ben may not disturb Ravens fans, seeing New York Giants QB Eli Manning at #7 and Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman ahead of Joe at #8 is sure to raise the blood pressure of most Flacco fans.
At least they're not ranked like Brett Favre, who came in at #32. No wonder he may un-retire again!?