How does Garrard compare with other quarterbacks around the league when under pressure? Pro Football Focus, with their heavy dedication to the game, has given us an answer. A big “thank you” to PFF writer Khaled Elsayed for this research.
There were 34 quarterbacks that met the requirements of dropping back from center at least 200 times.
There are a number of aspects of pressure found in this article. It’s a very in-depth piece and I encourage you to read it if you have the time. I’m going to point out where Garrard ranks. First off, time spent under pressure.
Percentage of Drop-Backs Under Pressure
1. Jay Cutler, Bears (surprised?)
565 attempts, 41.42% under pressure
2. Josh Freeman, Buccaneers
544 attempts, 40.99%
3. Michael Vick, Eagles
510 attempts, 40.78% under pressure
4. Donovan McNabb, Redskins
525 attempts, 40.38% under pressure
5. Jason Campbell, Raiders
388 attempts, 39.69% under pressure
6. Derek Anderson, Cardinals
355 attempts, 38.87% under pressure
7. David Garrard, Jaguars
421 dropbacks, 37.77% time under pressure
So, at this point, we see that Garrard ranks 7th in the league for facing pressure when dropping back to throw.
Completion % and Sack % When Under Pressure
15. David Garrard
20.13 % sacked when under pressure (25th/34)
50.43 % complete with pressure (15/34)
-20.48 % complete when under pressure (21st/24)
Garrard looks great on his completions percentage compared to the other 33 quarterbacks. The rest of the stats paint an ugly picture.
TD to INT Ratio When Pressured
1. Matt Ryan, Falcons (10.00)
2. Tom Brady, Patriots (6.00)
3. Josh Freeman, Buccaneers (3.33)
14. David Garrard, Jaguars (1.20)
More Statistics on Garrard:
3.14 % INT with pressure (25th/34)
3.77% TD with pressure (7th/34)–
Philip Rivers had 2.91%
Michael Vick 2.8%
Aaron Rodgers had 2.5%
Yes, David Garrard finished as the 7th-best quarterback in the NFL at throwing a touchdown when under pressure. Unfortunately, he was also 25th most likely to throw an interception when under pressure. Theres really good with pretty bad available to work with for the coaches. He’s a solid quarterback. No question.
The Final Grading for Quarterbacks Under Pressure
14. David Garrard
This paints what I feel is an accurate picture of Garrard. Great job by Pro Football Focus on their article.
What do you think about Garrard? Is it any different than before?