Figuring Out The Left SideJune 16th, 2014
The start of the NFL slumber has begun. For the next 5 1/2 weeks, NFL news will be scant because players are on vacation, coaches and general managers take time off, and it is not unusual for teams to shut down their operations for a week or so between now and when training camps open.
The numbers crunchers over at Pro Football Focus have been like squirrels preparing for winter and have stashed away various nuts to last through the annual NFL siesta: some of those nuts are quarterback statistical graffiti.
One thing Joe was curious about was throwing to the left side of the field. Joe has heard from NFL experts that backup quarterback Mike Glennon struggled throwing to his left. While the geeks don’t find that to be the case, Glennon’s numbers throwing to his left weren’t great, and Josh McCown’s were not strong, either.
McCown, per the nerds, completed 53.8 percent of his passes to his left for an accuracy rate of 67.6 percent and a measly 5.3 yards per attempt.
Glennon’s numbers were 51.3 completion percentage to his left with an accuracy rate of 61.1 percent for a paltry 4.6 yards per attempt.
You can’t say either quarterback was good throwing to his left, at least not from last year’s numbers (which was Glennon’s rookie season).
If those numbers don’t improve in preseason games, if Joe were a defensive coordinator for the Stinking Panthers, he would try to force McCown (Glennon?) to throw left and load up coverages on the Bucs’ center and right side of the field.