Every so often, when working on a study, some other topic piques my interest. While working on QB Career Years, I got to wondering how long the careers of running QBs are vs. traditional dropback quarterbacks. So this is a quick look at that question.
The first thing is to define terms and scope the study population. This includes all QBs who started their career after the NFL-AFL merger (1970 or later) and ended it before 2016. To confine the study to players who had some fantasy value, I eliminated all quarterbacks who never finished in the Top 25 fantasy points per game in a non-strike year (25 pass yards = 1 FP, Pass TD = 4 FP, 10 rush yards = 1 FP, Rush TD =6, no turnover penalty). That left me with 180 QBs who scored 11.2% of their fantasy points on the ground.
I then divided those QBs into four categories:
1. Immobile: less than 5.6% (i.e., half the average) of their FP came from running.
2. Pocket: between 5.6% and 11.2% of their FP were scored on the ground.
3. Mobile: between 11.2% and 16.8% of their fantasy value was from rushing (added...
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