QB Charting, Week 3: Buccaneers-Patriots, Browns-Vikings and Jaguars-Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Josh Freeman: Week 3, at New England.

Passing Breakdown

Comp. Att. Yards Sacks Sck Yards TDs INTs ANY/A
Dropback 14 34 204 2 9 0 1 4.17
Play-Action 5 7 32 1 1 0 0 3.88
Screen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Total 19 41 236 3 10 0 1 4.11

Rushing/Miscellaneous Stats

Scrambles Yards Fumbles Penalties Drops Inaccurate throws
Dropback 0 0 0 1, 20 yards 7 4
Play-Action 1 4 0 0 0 2
Screen 0 0 0 0 0 0
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 4 0 1, 20 yards 7 6

New England Patriots

Tom Brady: Week 3, vs. Tampa Bay.

Passing Breakdown

Comp. Att. Yards Sacks Sck Yards TDs INTs ANY/A
Dropback 18 26 161 1 9 2 1 5.44
Play-Action 4 7 40 2 14 0 0 2.89
Screen 3 3 24 0 0 0 0 8.00
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Total 25 36 225 3 23 2 1 5.05

Rushing/Miscellaneous Stats

Scrambles Yards Fumbles Penalties Drops Inaccurate throws
Dropback 0 0 0 2, 33 yards 3 3
Play-Action 0 0 0 0 1 2
Screen 0 0 0 0 0 0
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 2, 33 yards 4 5

Josh Freeman’s benching was probably fait accompli after his two awful games to start the season. That it happened after easily his best game of the season, though, is somewhat strange. Two of Freeman’s inaccurate throws came on forced throws into the end zone when the team was down by 20 points with under two minutes left and you sort of feel compelled to try those low-percentage throws at that point. He also made a number of terrific throws deep and down the sideline that his receivers dropped, including two drops by Tim Wright and Vincent Jackson that would have gone for touchdowns had they hung on.

It’s probably safe to say that Freeman will never fulfill the franchise quarterback potential he showed back in 2010, so Greg Schiano’s choice to likely punt on the rest of 2013 and see what he has in Mike Glennon makes sense in the long-term. If the Buccaneers’ skill players don’t start playing at a much higher level, though, it won’t matter who’s at quarterback this year. Jackson, Doug Martin and Kevin Ogletree have all dropped roughly as many passes as the Bengals have as an entire team. You expect that sort of thing out of Ogletree because he sucks, but Jackson and Martin both have far superior talent than they’ve shown this year. Freeman’s benching is as much a result of their struggles as it is his own.

Back over in Foxboro, it’s 2006 all over again – the defense looks like one of the best in the league and Tom Brady’s being a good soldier by being willing to work with a batch of inexperienced/non-NFL quality receivers. His performance against the Bucs was probably his best – and also his receivers’ best – day of the season, though sort of by default. The problems the passing game showed in the first two games – miscommunications on routes, frequent drops, Brady’s own occassional inaccuracy – were all on display again against Tampa Bay, just in shorter supply. Sunday Night’s game against Atlanta will be the Patriots’ first this year against a quality offense, so I’m looking forward to seeing how well the Patriots’ defense matches up against Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Co. They’ll likely need another strong game because, with Gronk once again looking doubtful to play, the chances of their offensive counterparts suddenly getting back to scoring 30 points per game like clockwork seem slim.

Cleveland Browns

Brian Hoyer: Week 3, at Minnesota.

Passing Breakdown

Comp. Att. Yards Sacks Sck Yards TDs INTs ANY/A
Dropback 22 39 209 2 18 2 3 2.34
Play-Action 8 15 112 1 8 1 0 7.75
Screen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Total 30 54 321 3 26 3 3 3.86

Rushing/Miscellaneous Stats

Scrambles Yards Fumbles Penalties Drops Inaccurate throws
Dropback 0 0 0 0 4 7
Play-Action 0 0 0 1, -12 yards 1 2
Screen 0 0 0 0 0 0
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 1, -12 yards 5 9

Minnesota Vikings

Christian Ponder: Week 3, vs. Cleveland.

Passing Breakdown

Comp. Att. Yards Sacks Sck Yards TDs INTs ANY/A
Dropback 17 27 126 5 27 0 0 3.09
Play-Action 7 14 87 1 7 0 1 2.33
Screen 1 1 15 0 0 0 0 15.00
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Total 25 42 228 6 34 0 1 3.10

Rushing/Miscellaneous Stats

Scrambles Yards Fumbles Penalties Drops Inaccurate throws
Dropback 4 40 1 1, 15 yards 3 3
Play-Action 0 0 0 0 0 5
Screen 0 0 0 0 0 0
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 4 40 1 1, 15 yards 3 8

The best harbinger of sustainably good play to come out of Hoyer’s performance Sunday was repeated accuracy and touch on deep passes down the sideline – those are generally the toughest passes to throw accurately, so showing that ability on multiple occasions suggests Hoyer has potential. Two of his three interceptions occurred when he was completely fooled by Vikings coverage schemes (not exactly the Rosetta Stone of NFL pass defenses) and wound up throwing passes straight to Harrison Smith and Chad Greenway. His pocket presence also got progressively more statuesque as the game wore on and he finished with nine inaccurate throws, though that’s not a horrendous figure for 54 attempts. Hoyer did some things well, but considering Josh Gordon was back in action for the first time this season, Brandon Weeden probably would have played just as well, if not better.

Ponder, on the other hand, looks like he might be turning into the statistical doppelganger of Alex Smith, though the two quarterbacks take drastically different paths to their league-average destinations. Smith is much more cautious and doesn’t turn the ball over often but doesn’t come up with many big plays; Ponder forces the ball down the field a lot more and generates his fair share of bigs plays, but winds up with more turnovers than coaches would prefer. Both quarterbacks are arguably better scramblers than passers and both take more sacks than necessary. At the moment, though, it’s certainly better to be Alex Smith: his team is 3-0 and he’s being lauded as one of the main reasons for that turnaround, while Ponder fractured a rib in the Vikings’ third straight loss to start the season and now is in danger of getting Wally Pipped out of his job by the guy Smith replaced in Kansas City, Matt Cassel.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Chad Henne: Week 3, at Seattle.

Passing Breakdown

Comp. Att. Yards Sacks Sck Yards TDs INTs ANY/A
Dropback 11 23 164 2 12 0 1 4.28
Play-Action 6 11 62 1 9 0 1 0.67
Screen 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Designed Rollout 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Total 17 37 226 3 21 0 2 2.88

Rushing/Miscellaneous Stats

Scrambles Yards Fumbles Penalties Drops Inaccurate throws
Dropback 0 0 1 1, 4 yards 4 3
Play-Action 0 0 0 0 0 1
Screen 0 0 0 0 1 0
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 1 1, 4 yards 5 4

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson: Week 3, vs. Jacksonville.

Passing Breakdown

Comp. Att. Yards Sacks Sck Yards TDs INTs ANY/A
Dropback 7 12 125 2 15 1 1 6.07
Play-Action 7 9 77 0 0 3 0 15.22
Screen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Total 14 21 202 2 15 4 1 9.65

Rushing/Miscellaneous Stats

Scrambles Yards Fumbles Penalties Drops Inaccurate throws
Dropback 1 10 1 1, 25 yards 3 1
Play-Action 0 0 0 0 0 1
Screen 0 0 0 0 0 0
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 10 1 1, 25 yards 3 2

Tarvaris Jackson: Week 3, vs. Jacksonville.

Passing Breakdown

Comp. Att. Yards Sacks Sck Yards TDs INTs ANY/A
Dropback 3 4 49 0 0 1 0 17.25
Play-Action 3 3 66 0 0 0 0 22.00
Screen 1 1 14 0 0 0 0 14.00
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Total 7 8 129 0 0 1 0 18.63

Rushing/Miscellaneous Stats

Scrambles Yards Fumbles Penalties Drops Inaccurate throws
Dropback 0 0 0 0 0 0
Play-Action 0 0 0 0 0 0
Screen 0 0 0 0 0 0
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0

Maybe it was just a small sample size fluke, but Chad Henne actually looked good in both of his starts against the Raiders and Seahawks. As in, maybe another team should give him a shot as a starting quarterback again? The Jaguars are committed to tanking the entire season (as they should be), so they’re starting Blaine Gabbert again this Sunday now that he’s healthy again, but Henne’s been by far the least of the Jaguars’ offensive problems the last two weeks. Even when he’s throwing interceptions off his offensive lineman’s helmet, he’s doing it because he’s trying to hit Maurice Jones-Drew over the middle and throwing the ball normally means the ball goes two feet over MJD’s head. He only threw a total of six inaccurate passes in his two starts and gave the Jags offense a very faint whiff of professionalism. Which is something to be proud of, because holy Moses is the Jaguars offense a crapshow.

Russell Wilson rebounded from a shaky game against the 49ers with an on-point performance that was nearly perfect until the Seahawks went up 31-0 – after that, he threw his interception (off Golden Tate’s hands) and both of his inaccurate throws on his final three passes of the night. So suffice it to say, he was pretty darn good when the game was actually (relatively) close. And Tarvaris was pretty darn good when the game was a blowout! Win-win.

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