Today’s Statistic Out of Context: Josh Miller Is The Greatest Quarterback of All Time

You’ve all heard me talk about the importance of Yards per Pass Attempt in the past and how it’s probably the most important single statistic in determining who wins and loses football games. With that in mind, I decided it might be a good idea to look at the NFL’s career leaders in Yards per Attempt. After all, whichever player has the highest all-time yards per attempt in league history probably did the most to help his team win in league history, right? So here’s your career top 20 for Yards per Attempt in NFL history. Who comes out #1? Peyton Manning? Tom Brady? Joe Montana?

How about none of the above?

Rk Player From To Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Rate Y/A
1 Josh Miller 1996 2007 1 1 100.00% 81 1 158.3 81.00
2 Mohamed Sanu 2012 2012 1 1 100.00% 73 1 158.3 73.00
3 Mike Lind 1963 1966 1 1 100.00% 69 1 158.3 69.00
4 Curtis Dickey 1980 1986 1 1 100.00% 63 1 158.3 63.00
5 Jack Losch 1956 1956 1 1 100.00% 63 1 158.3 63.00
6 Lance Rentzel 1965 1974 1 1 100.00% 58 1 158.3 58.00
7 Tom Watkins 1961 1968 1 1 100.00% 58 1 158.3 58.00
8 Arthur Marshall 1992 1996 2 2 100.00% 111 2 158.3 55.50
9 Bobby Luna 1955 1959 1 1 100.00% 55 0 118.7 55.00
10 Mike Kabealo 1944 1944 1 1 100.00% 54 1 158.3 54.00
11 Cotton Speyrer 1972 1975 1 1 100.00% 54 1 158.3 54.00
12 Darnay Scott 1994 2002 1 1 100.00% 53 0 118.7 53.00
13 Ron Widby 1968 1973 2 2 100.00% 102 1 158.3 51.00
14 Brandon Banks 2010 2012 1 1 100.00% 49 1 158.3 49.00
15 Carlos Carson 1980 1989 1 1 100.00% 48 1 158.3 48.00
16 Reggie Roby 1983 1998 1 1 100.00% 48 0 118.7 48.00
17 Charley Sarratt 1948 1948 1 1 100.00% 48 0 118.7 48.00
18 Alvin Harper 1991 1999 1 1 100.00% 46 0 118.7 46.00
19 Russ Francis 1975 1988 1 1 100.00% 45 0 118.7 45.00
20 Preston Ridlehuber 1966 1969 1 1 100.00% 45 1 158.3 45.00

That’s right – the NFL’s career leader in yards per attempt is Josh Miller, the punter pictured above. No doubt, his passing performance in his career has elevated him above everyone else in league history. Does this mean that NFL teams should start giving punters more pass attempts during critical regular season moments and pay them the hundreds of millions of dollars we usually see reserved for franchise quarterbacks? It’s tough for me to say after just looking at this one table. But yes. Yes, they should.

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