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Pro Football Focus analysis: Josh McCown is more accurate than Jay Cutler
Now that the 2013 NFL season has been closed out for more than a week, Pro Football Focus has taken a deeper dive into the stats to determine which quarterbacks are the most accurate passers in the league — and how they fare in various passing situations.
While completion percentage is a fine stat for a quick glance, PFF’s Accuracy Percentage takes into account dropped passes, throw aways, spiked balls, batted passes and passes where the quarterback was hit while attempting to throw. The Accuracy Percentage paints a much clearer picture of the quarterback.
Based on the PFF analysis, while Josh McCown may not have the gunslinger arm of Jay Cutler, McCown is much more accurate than Cutler.
Jerry Angelo, the former Bears GM who traded for Cutler, had some fairly critical comments on Cutler for “The Sideline View.” Angelo said Cutler’s inconsistent, lacks poise and isn’t comfortable reading defenses.
Pro Football Focus’ Accuracy Percentage breakdown takes into account any quarterback who had at least 175 dropbacks (41 quarterbacks in all). Here’s a look at the top 15:
When it comes to throwing the deep ball (20 yards or more), Cutler does have an advantage:
When passing under pressure, McCown easily wins that battle across the league: