We often hear from coaches, players and commentators about the importance of establishing the run and stopping the run in football games. The running game, whether from an offensive perspective or a defensive perspective, is about imposing your will over the opponent’s will.
The running game is an important factor in every game, no one should deny that.
But let’s also not forget that the NFL is a passing league and there aren’t many winning teams without winning QBs. Just look at the teams remaining and who is under center for them – Colts (Manning), Chargers (Rivers), Saints (Brees), Vikings (Favre), Cowboys (Romo) and Cardinals (Warner). Sure, there are a couple of greener QBs – Mark Sanchez of the Jets and Joe Flacco of the Ravens – but by and large, experienced and productive QBs dominate the playoff landscape.
As further proof that QBs hold the key to winning and losing, consider these stats from this past weekend of playoff action in the NFL…
Winning QBs (Sanchez, Romo, Flacco, Warner): 96 pass attempts, 3.0 sacks, 1 INT
Losing QBs (Palmer, McNabb, Brady, Rodgers): 172 pass attempts, 15.0 sacks, 6 INTs
There’s an old adage that says figures lie and liars figure. And there’s also the sentiment that one can make statistics say whatever they want. So there’s probably plenty of room for interpretation with the stats listed above.
The point is not that fewer pass attempts equal more wins. And it’s not a shock to NFL coaches that once a team attempts too many passes, their chances of winning decrease. But the stat above does illustrate the importance of solid play at the QB position. QBs touch the ball on every play and the offense’s ability to protect those QBs along with the QBs’ decision-making skills are paramount to the difference between winning and losing.
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