Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christian Ponder 5 of 30 Beyond 20 yards!!

BY PASS PLAY CMPATTYDSCMP%AVGLNGTDINTSACKRATATTYDSAVGLNGTD
Pass Thrown Behind Line of Scrimmage9110859084.35.463221091.7000.000
Pass Thrown 1-10 yds1342041,10465.75.412293087.9000.000
Pass Thrown 11-20 yds388367745.88.164526052.1000.000
Pass Thrown 21-30 yds42010220.05.103311044.2000.000
Pass Thrown 31-40 yds0700.00.00000039.6000.000
Pass Thrown 41+ yds135433.318.005401042.4000.000




These stats are remarkably horrible.  312 of Ponder's passes have been thrown 10 yards or less downfield.  Of those efforts, he has completed 72%.  On passes over 10 yards, he is 43 of 113 (38%).

But once you get above 20 yards, my lord.  5 of 30, 16.7%.  Beyond 30 yards?  1 of 10 - 10%.  Let's compare these stats to someone believed to be a dink and dunker with a weaker arm - Drew Brees.

Drew Brees under 10.001 yards - 252 of 381 - 66%.  Passes over 10 yards - 104 of 193 (53.9%).   Beyond 20 yards?  29 of 70.  41.5%.  Beyond 30 yards?  12 of 32 - 37.5%. 

So, despite the fact that Brees is regarded as boosting his stats by short passes, in reality, Ponder's 90% mark on passes behind the line of scrimmage is really all that keeps him from being a complete laughingstock.  Brees, who has thrown the ball 200+ times more than Ponder, has only thrown 111 balls behind the line of scrimmage - Ponder 108. 

The Vikings have played 15 games - they throw the ball beyond 20 yards around twice a game, with the likelihood being that no such passes will be completed (one every three games). 

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