Using algorithms to determine the most clutch quarterbacks??… The results are just as stupid as the idea itself.
I recently saw an article from Bleacher report about the most clutch quarterbacks in the league. Of course I clicked the link, I wanted to see where my favorite quarterbacks ranked.
“We asked stats guru Garth Sundem to develop a clutch-quarterback algorithm: Pull stats describing overall quarterback play, adjust them by how much better or worse he performed under pressure, then add special situations—game-winning drives, 21-plus-yard throws late in the game, turnovers inside an opponent’s 30—and rank ’em for 2016.”
OK, sounds pretty good on the surface. I never thought about using mathematical algorithms and computers to argue which quarterback is the most clutch, but lets give it a shot. What could go wrong?
# 1 on the list is Derrick Carr.
Hmm. Derrick Carr had a pretty good season. He led the Raiders to their first post season apperance in 14 years. While that is pretty impressive, I am a little shocked to see him at the top. I despise Tom Brady, and even I can admit that I would definitely want him under center when the game is on the line.
#2. Ben Roethlisberger
#3 Andew luck.
#4 Colin Kaepernick
Wait!? #4 is Colin Kaepernick?
At this point Garth should have grabbed his computer, lifted it over his head and smashed it on the ground. Shattering it into a million pieces. Because clearly, something if wrong with this algorithm he came up with.
Kaepernick was pretty good for a few years… until everyone figured out how to defend an inaccurate running quarterback. He has since regressed into one of the worst QB’s in the league. Colin was even riding the bench for a stretch. And he is 4th on this list?
I am sorry but this is insane! What makes a clutch QB is not something that can be measured by algorithms and computer programs. Yes, we do have to take some statistics into account, but it is much more than that. It’s the ability to lift yourself , and other players up around you. To not let the gravity of the moment overwhelm you. Stay calm in situations where other players might collapse like a folding chair.
Tom Brady doesn’t show up on this list of Clutch performers until #14. Right before Brock Osweiler… yeah you read that right.
And the mighty Aaron Rodgers, 24TH!?
So according to this Algorithm, Brian Hoyer, Trevor Siemian and Brock Osweiler are better clutch performers than Aaron Rodgers.
Sam Bradford is a better clutch performer than TOM BRADY?!?!