Quarterbacks can be victims

A close look at the numbers reveals that not every interception should fall on the shoulders of the quarterback.

Updated: May 24, 2007, 11:22 AM ET
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider
One of the greatest statistical inequities in the NFL is how quarterbacks are charged for interceptions no matter who was to blame for the turnover. For example, if the quarterback throws a perfect pass and the receiver lets the defender rip the ball away from him for the pick, the quarterback is still charged with an interception.

This lack of accountability led me to split interceptions into two types. The first type is what I call at-fault interceptions. These are interceptions caused by the quarterback either forcing a pass into coverage or throwing an inaccurate pass.

The second type I call not-at-fault interceptions. These are interceptions that occur for reasons other than bad decisions or inaccurate passes. The most common reasons for these interceptions are the following:


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