Long story short, ESPN got a basketball analyst and other math-smart’s to gather a formula to measure the true effectiveness of an NFL quarterback. Each week, they post the rankings, but I haven’t found the formula. If you’re not familiar with the formula, welcome to the club. Almost no one can truly understand it. If you’ve wandered to this site and are intensely familiar with the “Total Quarterback Rating” system, please explain to to me and the rest of the knuckleheads what the true tests and factors are.
Regardless, the formula declares that the Titans, after 5 games, have an MVP-level quarterback on their team. I like it!
Now that Monday Night Football approaches (about 5 minutes), we can say that the list includes all but two quarterbacks: Chicago’s Jay Cutler and Detriots Matt Stafford. Ignoring them, let’s take a look at the list (click for entire list):
1. Packers’ Aaron Rodgers (no surprise): 84.8
2. Patriots’ Tom Brady (still no surprise): 84.2
3. Titans’ Matthew Hasselbeck (yeah, here it is): 77.7
4. Saints’ Drew Brees: 77.3
5. Bills’ Ryan Fitzpatrick: 73.1
So, now we know that Hasselbeck ranks as the third-best quarterback (pronounced qwataback in New Orleans) in the NFL. Where’s the MVP talk coming from?
For a season, a Total QBR of 65 or better is roughly Pro Bowl level and a rating of 75-plus is MVP level. For more about the methodology and statistics behind Total QBR, see here.
A final quote:
Blaine Gabbert (26.2 Total QBR in Week 5) did just enough to move out of the last spot, leaving Kerry Collins as the lowest-ranked quarterback among qualifiers so far this year.
A nice little tidbit was learning that my vote for most overrated quarterback in the NFL (Mark Sanchez of the Jets) finished 31/33. Validation is petty, but it feels nice.