Passer rating is a statistic used in the NFL to determine how a quarterback played but, like a lot of stats, it doesn't take into account the whole story so ti's becoming less and less relevant around the league these days.
ESPN hopes to change that. They're creating a new statistic alled Total QBR -- Total Quarterback Rating -- that would essentially replace passer rating.
The problem, of course, is that in passer rating, so much is ignored. A series of short completions with big yards after the catch mean the same thing as a series of harder-to-complete long passes. The ESPN formula weighs out the yards after the catch, and weighs in things like lost fumbles in the pocket and sacks taken. And timing. A 17-yard completion in a tie game with two minutes left gets a quarterback more credit than the same completion in the middle of the first quarter -- as it should.
I already like it if it accurately describes situations that King notes. It's designed to track every play and move that a quarterback has control over. It also makes sense for the grading scale to go from 1-100 -- no more 158.3, which is an odd number for the max passer rating.
Will the NFL world take ahold of Total QBR and run with it? We shall see but I think it's time someone made a run at replacing passer rating as a stat.
ESPN is hosting a show on Friday night to explain the new stat.