As I've been watching NFL games the last several years, I've decided that there needs to be a different kind of stat.
Basically, I'm tired of QBs getting screwed on INTs. I don't mean every interception. Just the ones that aren't their fault.
For example, in the Ravens' recent preseason game, Troy Smith threw a pass to Mark Clayton. It was thrown a little bit behind Clayton, but he got his hand on it. However, he knocked it up into the air and it came down in the hands of the defender.
Another example of this occurred during the Cincinnati Bengals' preseason game against the Detroit Loins. Chad Johnson caught a pass, but he came down on his shoulder and the ball popped into the hands of the defender. This also was called an interception.
How can these be the QBs fault? If the receiver botches the catch, or causes the pick, that should be on the receiver, not the QB.
Just like in baseball, if a fielder makes an error, the run becomes unearned. It doesn't affect the pitcher's ERA negatively.
So why does it effect a QB's stats negatively?
I can think of at least four or five interceptions over the course of Kyle Boller's career that would fall into this category.
I'm not saying that eliminating these interceptions would make him a better quarterback. But they still shouldn't be on his stats.
There needs to be a new stat for receivers. Maybe you could just call them errors as well. Maybe we could call them picks and leave balls that are the quarterbacks' fault as INTs.
Just think of the possibilities this would open up in fantasy-football leagues.
For quarterbacks that are hard throwers, like Brett Favre, you may be less reluctant to draft him, if you know that several of his INTs wouldn't be counted against you.
For receivers, you may be more reluctant to draft one that has a history of causing picks or errors, which could hurt you in a league.
This should have been a rule more than 75 years ago, when the NFL was created. I'm not sure why it wasn't.
Purists will say well that's the way it's always been, why change it now? Well, there was a time before challenges, instant replay, and heck, even before facemasks. There was a time when the goal posts were right on the goal line. All of these things have been changed and it has all been for the betterment of the game.
I say changing/creating this stat would also be better for the game.
Let the debate begin.