Total QBR, bro.

ESPN Pimps Its Irrelevant QB Rating Statistic in Article About Young

In this article, ESPN’s Michah Adams writes that Vince Young has been one of the best quarterbacks in football over the last three years…according to Total QBR.

What the Hell is Total QBR, you ask? Good question. It’s a new quarterback rating statistic recently created by ESPN to not-so-subtly inject its protruding nose even further into football. Because at ESPN they don’t just cover sports, they are sports–or something.

Here’s the scoop, according to Adams:

Total QBR is a quarterback rating that takes into account all of a quarterback’s contributions (passing, rushing, sacks, fumbles, penalties) to his team’s scoring and winning and summarizes them into one number on a 0-100 scale, on which 50 is average.

Drools on self.


At any rate, Adams reasons, based on this fantasy-inspired formula, that the Eagles are lucky to have Vince Young on call should Michael Vick succumb to injury again at some point this season.

While Adams rightfully acknowledges that Mike Kafka could serve as the Eagles’ primary backup, he explains that Vince Young has actually been one of the best quarterbacks in football since 2008. In fact, his Total QBR suggests he’s been a more effective quarterback than Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning.


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  • caperi

    What? Instead of arbitrarily saying ESPN is dumb, could you provide any sort of fact to back it up? A 10 year old could have written this article.

  • barnabus3000

    Yes, he TOTALLY disproved it, you just probably missed it. Didn’t you read the “whatever” bombshell he posted at the end of the article? He eviscerated this “so-called” QBR system, and you better watch out before he drops the “whatever” hammer on you.

  • bobwankel

    I’m not sure what you don’t understand.

    ESPN invents new statistic. It hasn’t caught on. Writes articles using statistic to pimp its invention of said statistic.

    Uses Eagles quarterback Vince Young to indicate the Eagles are lucky because, you know, Young, based on this phony statistic, is better than some of the game’s elite quarterbacks.

    Yet, he’s currently positioned third on the depth chart behind Mike Kafka.

    Thanks for reading. Come back often.

  • bobwankel

    Furthermore, it’s not about ESPN being “dumb,” it’s a commentary that ESPN has made yet another attempt in what has become a pervasive pattern of injecting itself into sports.

  • barnabus3000

    I don’t think Vince will be 3rd on the depth chart after today, do you? The only reason Kafka was number 2 was because he was the only healthy QB, perhaps YOU missed that point.

  • caperi

    Plus he’s had like 5 weeks to learn an extremely complex system – and at this point he would still probably be the primary backup if healthy. My point is that you didn’t provide any sort of facts to prove QBR wrong (even though there are many possibile ways to do so).

    Without backing up your argument, you don’t have a base, and without a base, you don’t have any reason to say “ESPN is injecting itself into sports for no reason.”