Dear NFL, Not All Interceptions Are the QB's Fault: New Stat Category

Dickie GreenleafContributor IJanuary 21, 2011

TORONTO - DECEMBER 3: Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets drops a pass in the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Rogers Centre on December 3, 2009 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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I am so sick of watching a quarterback throw a perfect spiral that splits two defenders, only to see, say, Braylon Edwards bounce it off his facemask into the arms of cornerback. "Oh! IN THE FACE!"

Then the stat sheet reads an interception against the quarterback. 

I'm sorry. Am I the only one who thinks this is absolutely ridiculous?

In baseball, if a pitch goes past the catcher, a ruling is instantly made whether or not it is a wild pitch or a passed ball. A wild pitch means it was the pitcher's fault. That he threw it like Nuke LaLoosh and knocked out the Bulls mascot. If it's a passed ball it means that it's the catcher's fault. He Buckner'ed it. Same goes for hits and errors.

Do you want to know why this is done? Because these things are different. Somebody up in a booth somewhere reviews the footage and makes the call. It's that easy.

So why then can't the NFL implement the same idea on thrown passes? They already spend at least 10 minutes a game reviewing everything else.

Was his knee down?

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Was that a fumble?

Did he have both feet in bounds?

Personally, I don't mind all the reviews. I'd much rather they get everything right. The technology is in place, the people are in place and it would never even slow the game down for one second.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 29:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Green Bay Packers watches the clock wind down in the 4th quarter during the NFL game against the New York Jets at Giants Stadium on December 29, 2002 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The
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Geez, even Buffalo Wild Wings has the technology, according to their TV commercials.

Let their bartender make the call, for all I care.

Make this happen. I don't care if you go back in time or not to see how many of Brett Favre's 336 interceptions were really his fault. I cordially invite you to continue to be lazy. Don't look backwards. Just start next season. Let's give credit where credit is due.

Okay, blame where blame is due.

Not only is this just plain common sense, but it also will create an interesting stat going forward, the receiver interception. Not the best name—call it whatever you like—but that is one stat that I am very interested in seeing who leads the league.

Okay, fine, we know it will be Braylon Edwards.

I'm super excited to find out who will come in second. It will even change fantasy football for the better. Minus two points for every fumble, minus two points for every receiver interception. Seriously, it's perfect. It's easy. It's right. 

P.S. Tell a friend. The NCAA doesn't do this either.

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