ESPN has devised a new system to replace the outdated Passer Rating system. Total Quarterback Rating system, or QBR, is somewhat easy to follow and more accurately reflects a quarterback’s skills. While there are some intricate formulas that only mathematicians will understand, we can follow the numbers and basics they lay out for us.
The system takes into account passing, rushing, sacks, fumbles and everything else a quarterback does. In the previous system, a QB would get a higher rating for yards after a pass, meaning the yards the wide receiver got. This has very little to do with the QB and, therefore, is not used in this system. Red zone plays will give him more points than if the same play is run in the middle of the field. Also, points will vary depending on the closeness of the game.
The QBR score is based on 100, which makes it easy to score and follow. Scores from 100 to 75 mean that the QB is an MVP candidate, which takes guess-work out of the equation. 75 to 65 means the QB belongs in the Pro Bowl. A 55-35 rating means that a QB is average. Any QB below 35 may not be a QB for much longer.
ESPN went back three seasons and attached a QBR to each player from all three years. These are the ratings for the Raiders QBs over the last three years: In 2008, Jamarcus Russel was ranked 30th with a QBR of 34.5. In 2009, Russel was ranked last both in the 2009 ratings and the overall ratings for the last three years combined. His score that year was 10.5. When Jason Campbell joined the Raiders in 2010, he got a rating of 43.8, even missing the last few games. In 2009 when he was in Washington, he scored a 49.4 on the QBR and ranked 21st.
The Raiders Future
What this means for the Raiders in the future is that they have a leader to build with. After two years with the worst QB in the league (it’s factual now), the Raiders have a QB who’s near the Pro-Bowl cutoff. In a press conference Campbell said that he feels good about this season. He’s settled in and gotten to know the guys. Hue Jackson has a notoriously hefty playbook, but Campbell has also had a whole year to learn it so he feels comfortable with the plays going into the new season.