Analyzing Matthew Stafford's 4th Quarter Performance

Matthew Stafford

I've coined the moniker "Matty Melts" to describe Matthew Stafford's erratic play and constant screwing up of close games, and this handy chart via Blogging The Boys only confirms what we already knew, in a series of depressing Statistics.


Now, I want to preface this by saying that Stafford has played the fewest games out of any of the QB's listed besides Josh Freeman, so that will skew his stats. That said Stafford ranks near the bottom of almost every statistic, including Y/A of which only 4 QB's have lower Y/A than him. However his TD/INT Ratio is actually quite good, with only 5 QB's recording a better ratio. That's good news, especially since many INT's are not his fault and can be worked on. Looking at his poor PCT and mediocre Passer Rating and it's easy to see why we lose so many close games, and miss the playoffs. Stafford needs a lot of help in crunch time if we want to win.

Comparing Matthew Stafford to Tony Romo



A common comparison for Matthew Stafford's performance on NFL Network, Blogs and even POD in the 4th Quarter, is to the great and handsome Tony Romo. However from a statistical POV, this is entirely untrue. In fact, Tony Romo is the best 4th Quarter QB in almost every statistic (except wins lol). This also is heavily skewed because of the total games played, but Tony Romo blows not only Matt Stafford, but virtually every QB away. How Tony Romo loses close games and not won a SB is difficult to ascertain with these numbers. Poor Defense is likely the answer, although both Matt and Tony find ways, regardless of stats to lose winnable games. However Stafford is entering his prime, whereas Tony Romo is exiting his and Stafford has a much higher ceiling.


I Wish????


Stafford's 4th Quarter Stats look bad, but he has plenty of time to grow and there is some good news in the form of his TD/INT ratio. The comparison of Tony Romo and Stafford is statistically inaccurate when looking at 4th quarter performance, so that should be axed. I know Jim Caldwell and Joe Lombardi have been looking at these stats and we'll soon learn if they can make the appropriate changes to lead us to victory.

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