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Air Yards: Talkin’ YAC

by Staff Report on January 20, 2010

Typically many fans, pundits and analyst spend the season evaluating the downfield production of quarterbacks, by how many yards a ball is thrown past the line of scrimmage or how many yards per attempt a quarterback has as a sound measure of how effective a quarterback has done, but by putting it into perspective. A quarterback’s numbers can be greatly aided by his receivers and vice versa. Essentially the “YAC” a receiver produces can have a profound effect on a quarterbacks numbers.

In essence, “Air Yards” and “YAC” separated from the overall number gives a better understanding of which quarterbacks were aided greatly by there respective receiving corps. How much of a quarterback’s production is based on the throw, and how much is based on his receivers’ playmaking abilities?

When Raheem Morris stated that everything the team does is with the development of Josh Freeman in mind, then don’t look now because the team might just feel giving Freeman a reliable receiver is a justified need based on the list of 39 quarterbacks graded. So if you are one who feels Dez Bryant is worth the 3rd overall selection, then the Bucs might be of the same mind set.

So which five quarterbacks received the most help from there receivers?

  1. Kyle Boller 64%
  2. Shaun Hill 56%
  3. Matthew Stafford 55%
  4. Jason Campbell 54 %
  5. Trent Edwards 54%

The five quarterbacks who received the least amount of help from there receiving corps are.

  1. David Garrard 39%
  2. Matt Ryan 36%
  3. Derek Anderson 36%
  4. Matt Moore 36%
  5. Josh Freeman 35%

Below, is the over all rankings of the 39 quarterbacks who saw significant playing time in 2009.

Rank Player Team Passing Yards YAC Air Yards % YAC % Air Yards
1 Kyle Boller StL 899 576 323 64% 36%
2 Shaun Hill SF 943 529 414 56% 44%
3 Matthew Stafford Det 2267 1236 1031 55% 45%
4 Jason Campbell Was 3618 1964 1654 54% 46%
5 Trent Edwards Buf 1169 626 543 54% 46%
6 Matt Hasselbeck Sea 3029 1583 1446 52% 48%
7 Kyle Orton Den 3802 1876 1926 49% 51%
8 Brady Quinn Cle 1339 659 680 49% 51%
9 Marc Bulger StL 1469 712 757 48% 52%
10 Tony Romo Dal 4483 2154 2329 48% 52%
11 Kerry Collins Ten 1225 583 642 48% 52%
12 JaMarcus Russell Oak 1287 612 675 48% 52%
13 Joe Flacco Bal 3613 1716 1897 47% 53%
14 Philip Rivers SD 4254 1989 2265 47% 53%
15 Aaron Rodgers GB 4434 2070 2364 47% 53%
16 Drew Brees NO 4388 2039 2349 46% 54%
17 Tom Brady NE 4398 2027 2371 46% 54%
18 Donovan McNabb Phi 3553 1616 1937 45% 55%
19 Alex Smith SF 2350 1051 1299 45% 55%
20 Matt Schaub Hou 4770 2121 2649 44% 56%
21 Peyton Manning Ind 4500 1999 2501 44% 56%
22 Brett Favre Min 4202 1856 2346 44% 56%
23 Jake Delhomme Car 2015 890 1125 44% 56%
24 Kurt Warner Ari 3753 1634 2119 44% 56%
25 Eli Manning NYG 4021 1737 2284 43% 57%
26 Chad Henne Mia 2878 1237 1641 43% 57%
27 Ryan Fitzpatrick Buf 1422 610 812 43% 57%
28 Bruce Gradkowski Oak 1007 430 577 43% 57%
29 Jay Cutler Chi 3666 1563 2103 43% 57%
30 Carson Palmer Cin 3094 1308 1786 42% 58%
31 Matt Cassel KC 2924 1236 1688 42% 58%
32 Vince Young Ten 1879 791 1088 42% 58%
33 Ben Roethlisberger Pit 4328 1821 2507 42% 58%
34 Mark Sanchez NYJ 2444 981 1463 40% 60%
35 David Garrard Jac 3597 1413 2184 39% 61%
36 Matt Ryan Atl 2916 1062 1854 36% 64%
37 Derek Anderson Cle 888 323 565 36% 64%
38 Matt Moore Car 1053 382 671 36% 64%
39 Josh Freeman TB 1857 653 1204 35% 65%
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