Thursday, January 5, 2012
Shotgun formation and the NFC South
By Pat Yasinskas
NFC South quarterbacks fared very well out of the shotgun formation during the regular season with three of them ranking in the top 10 in completion percentage.
New Orleans’ Drew Brees led the NFL with a 70.3 completion percentage out of the shotgun formation, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Brees completed 256 of 364 passes for 3,164 yards with 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Tampa Bay’s Josh Freeman was No. 4 in the league at 64.6 percent. Freeman completed 230 of 356 attempts for 2,350 yards with eight touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Atlanta’s Matt Ryan was No. 9 at 61.9 percent. Ryan completed 200 of 323 attempts for 2,308 yards with 16 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Carolina rookie Cam Newton wasn’t far from the top 10. He was No. 13 at 60.9 percent. Newton completed 218 of 358 attempts for 2,826 yards with 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.