Total Accuracy, a new statistic to better measure how accurate quarterbacks are, has been updated through Week 2 of the 2014 NFL season.
In case you're lost, and have no clue what Total Accuracy is or how it's calculated, check back to my introduction article from last week. If you're not interested in clicking that, here's a quick refresher:
Total Accuracy is found by adding a signal-callers' rankings from two Pro Football Focus metrics, Accuracy Percentage (AP) and Average Depth of Target (aDOT).
(This idea was essentially borrowed from the PGA Tour's "Total Driving" statistic. Same exact concept. The Tour adds driving distance rank and driving accuracy rank. The golfer with the lowest sum is first in Total Driving.)
Because this statistic is more about a quarterback's accuracy than simply how far he throws the football down the field, AP is given more weight. It's counted twice, while aDOT ranking is counted once. Quarterbacks who've taken at least 25% of their respective team's snaps are counted, and aDOT ties are broken by better AP rank.
I'll update this statistic every Tuesday or Wednesday for the duration of the 2014 regular season.
Any questions? I'll be tracking the comment section. Also, you can find me on Twitter @ChrisTrapasso.
TOTAL ACCURACY - UPDATED THROUGH WEEK 2
|Rank||Name||AP Rank||aDOT Rank||AP Rank 2x||Total Accuracy|
|T2||Robert Griffin III||1||17||2||19|
|11||Alex D. Smith||15||10||30||40|
First-time appearances: Cam Newton, Kirk Cousins, Drew Stanton
Biggest riser: Alex Smith - 15 spots (26th in Week 1, 11th after Week 2)
Biggest faller: Matt Ryan: 20 spots (1st in Week 1, 21st after Week 2)
Notable Week 2 performances:
Russell Wilson finished the day in San Diego with a 90.9% Accuracy Percentage, the highest in the NFL in Week 2. Philip Rivers was very precise as well. His AP in the victory over the Seahawks was 85.3%.
Despite what many would say was a fine afternoon from Geno Smith in Green Bay, his AP was the worst in football in Week 2 at only 57.1%.
Matt Ryan had a 82.5% AP in Week 1 against the Saints but a 63.4% AP in Week 2's loss to the Bengals in Cincinnati.
Although Kirk Cousins led the NFL with a robust 12.2-yard aDOT against the Jaguars, he managed a respectable AP of 74.2%, which is good for 16th thus far.
Andrew Luck's seasonal aDOT is just 7.0, the third-lowest figure in the NFL, and his AP is 72.6%, only 24th-best.