Harbaugh stands by goal line call
Last year, ESPN came up with a new formula for assigning numbers to quarterback performance, called the Total Quarterback Rating, or QBR for short. Read this if you want an explanation for how the numbers are derived. The executive summary goes like this: QBR runs on a 0 to 100 scale, with 50 being the average NFL’s quarterback’s performance.
Which leads us to this (via ESPN.com’s Jamison Hensley): Joe Flacco’s QBR in Sunday’s Ravens loss to the Broncos was 0.4. That was the second-worst QBR of the season by any quarterback. And, as it turns out, that’s also the second-worst QBR of the season by any quarterback named Flacco. He posted a 0.3 in the Ravens’ loss to the Texans.
And as Hensley helpfully points out, only two other quarterbacks have had games with QBRs under 1.0 in the past five years — the Jets’ Mark Sanchez and the Cardinals’ John Skelton.
Want one more from the stat badlands? ESPN applied the expected points added measure to Flacco’s end-of-the-first-half, pick-six play and the result was 11.9, also second-worst single play in the past five years, behind only Cardinals QB Kurt Warner’s pick-six toss at the end of the first half against the Steelers in the Super Bowl.
Then again, you could just go with “bad.”