When I tire of the debate, I usually turn to the data. The stats and rankings don’t have an agenda. They don’t care about how awful the offensive line was, how pitiful the running game was or how badly that hang-nail hurt. They just are. People can, and I am sure, will spin them how they choose, but the numbers don’t care about that.
So here are the numbers (rankings) for Trevor Siemian relative to every quarterback in the league who threw 100 or more passes (note that Paxton Lynch did not throw more than 100 passes). There were 39 quarterbacks who threw 100 or more passes this season. Some of the more advanced stats are out of 35 quarterbacks (150 passing attempts minimum).
|Siemian's NFL rank|
|Passing 1st downs||24|
|% of passes for 20 or more||27|
|% of passes for 40 or more||16|
|Time to Throw||35|
|Average Air Distance||6|
For those unsure what any of these acronyms mean the definitions can be found at one of these three sites:
www.nfl.com (Next Gen Stats) - time to throw and Average Air Distance