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mesaSteeler
10-12-2009, 06:33 PM
Big Ben's accuracy
http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth/post/_/id/4196/big-ben%E2%80%99s-accuracy
October 12, 2009 2:30 PM

Posted by ESPN.comís James Walker

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is quietly putting up some of the best numbers of his career, and the proof is in his accuracy.

According to ESPNís Stats & Information, Roethlisberger currently has the second-highest completion percentage of any quarterback through five games since the NFL/AFL merger. Heís completing 73.8 percent of his attempts, which is behind Tom Bradyís pace of 74.1 percent for the first five games in 2007.

This is particularly impressive considering Roethlisberger has been the victim of several drops this season by receivers Santonio Holmes, Limas Sweed and Mike Wallace. Still, Roethlisberger has thrown for 1,470 yards, eight touchdowns, five interceptions and a 102.6 passer rating.

Best completion percentages through five games (since NFL/AFL merger)
Player Team Year Percentage
Tom Brady New England 2007 74.1
Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh 2009 73.8
Roger Staubach Dallas 1976 73.5
Daunte Culpepper Minnesota 2004 73.2

Pittsburgh Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger, New England Patriots, Tom Brady, AFC East, AFC North, ESPN's Stats and Information

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AllD
10-12-2009, 06:37 PM
That is a direct reflection of Kenny Anderson.

AllD
10-12-2009, 06:41 PM
Anderson never won a Super Bowl with the Bengals, but he guided them to Super Bowl XVI during the 1981 season, where they lost to the San Francisco 49ers, 26-21. In that game, Anderson set a Super Bowl record with 25 completions and a 73.5 completion percentage -- numbers that have since been eclipsed.

He was so good that he is the only player in NFL history to lead the league in passing in back-to-back years in two different decades (1974-75 and 1981-82). When he was done playing for the Bengals, Anderson began his coaching career with them in 1993 and spent 10 years as the team's quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator.

Anderson's records never seem to go away. A couple of weeks ago, New England's Tom Brady completed 39 of 53 passes against the Buffalo Bills in the season opener of Monday Night Football. He missed -- by one -- tying the MNF record of 40 completions, set by Anderson in a 1982 game in San Diego, won by the Chargers, 50-34.

Anderson remembers the game.

"Our offensive coordinator was Lindy Infante and San Diego was 'Air Coryell' then, so Lindy said, 'We'll show them,' and I think we threw the first 20 times we had the ball," Anderson said.

Those were just some of the impressive numbers -- Hall of Fame-like numbers -- Anderson posted from 1971 to 1986 with the Bengals.

Consider:

• He threw 197 career touchdowns, more than 14 of the 25 quarterbacks in the Hall of Fame.

• His career passer rating is 81.4, surpassed by only eight quarterbacks in the Hall of Fame.

• He had the most accurate season in NFL history, completing 70.55 percent of his passes in 1982 -- the same season he was named the league's Most Valuable Player.

• On Nov. 10, 1974, he completed 20 of 22 passes in a 17-10 victory against the Steelers, setting a league completion-percentage record that stood for nearly 20 years.

mesaSteeler
10-12-2009, 06:43 PM
That is a direct reflection of Kenny Anderson.

Good point! I didn't think of that one.

tony hipchest
10-12-2009, 06:47 PM
p. manning is at 73.5 for the year. the talking heads are saying how manning is having a spectacular year. that what he is doing is remarkable and he is off to the best start in his entire hall of fame career.

yet ben is right there with him (oh he who is considered one of the greatest of all time) and nothing.

ben has finally achieved "elite" status as far as wins and championships and clutch is concerned.

and now, even though he is putting up the stats to compare with his peers.... nothing.

ben wont even make the pro bowl this season. someone like matt schaub probably will.

Psyychoward86
10-12-2009, 06:56 PM
With our lines pass-blocking improving (yes, i said improving because 2 of the sacks Ben took on Sunday were on deep pass attempts), Ben is looking more and more like a pure pocket passer. A VERY accurate one, jesus christ. And of course, he still has his improvisational skills to help us out a bunch. God I love our quarterback.

Edman
10-12-2009, 06:59 PM
The Pro Bowl is a popularity contest anyway. And we know how popular he is with his peers and media.

There are still douches out there who still believe he is below Carson Palmer.

AllD
10-12-2009, 07:00 PM
BB's mistake is that he is forcing the ball to certain receivers like Wallace which caused the pick 6. He stared down Wallace and the Lions got an easy 6. He needs more discipline in that department. If he looked like more of a hillbilly he could be compared to Manning. The media also forgot that BB has as many SBs as the hillbilly family does including the father and both brothers.

Psyychoward86
10-12-2009, 07:05 PM
BB's mistake is that he is forcing the ball to certain receivers like Wallace which caused the pick 6. He stared down Wallace and the Lions got an easy 6. He needs more discipline in that department. If he looked like more of a hillbilly he could be compared to Manning. The media also forgot that BB has as many SBs as the hillbilly family does including the father and both brothers.

interestingly enough, wasnt the pick 6 the EXACT same play as the pick 6 against the Bengals? And the Jags last year? :stirthepot::scratchchin:

slippy
10-12-2009, 07:26 PM
the one against the bengals was santonio's fault. he missed the hot read on the blitz and didn't break off his route; ben was throwing to a spot and tone was not in that spot.

sharkweek
10-12-2009, 08:14 PM
to be fair, even Peyton isn't receiving as much attention as he would otherwise be if it wasn't for Favre and all the knob slobbing that has ensued over that

with fewer drops and fewer INTs (some that weren't Bens fault, and some that shouldn't be recorded as a negatives stat - ie hail mary play prior to the half ending) I'm sure he'd be getting a lot more attention

that being said, I'm glad he's somehow still flying under the radar