Re: The Myth of the Long Ball & Matt Schaub
The percentage of deep throws can vary depending on several factors.
Some teams like to go vertical more than others.
Coverage sometimes dictate the call.
Whether your team is behind by a lot or ahead by a lot, etc.
The most difficult is the deep out (besides the transcontinental pass).
These throws are supposed to be along the sideline, at depth between 35-45 yards.
As long as your QB can get the ball there on time (more often than not), you're fine.
This is why Pastorini doesn't complain about Schaub's arm.
On post routes or skinny posts, the actual distance is shorter as it's a straight downfield pass.
Sometimes, there are reasons why the QB might make the throw shorter.
If he (Schaub) can throw the deep out, it doesn't really make sense to complain about his underthrowing receivers down the middle.
One number that has some merit to look at is the Air Yard per Attempt, especially if you add all the seasons together (from 2007 until now.)
Schaub is going to be there around top 10 (with a certain minimum number of attempts, let's say 2,000). If you look it up, you will be surprised by the numbers of certain QBs that you think highly off.
One of the site that tracks it is SportingCharts.com
There's even one year when Schaub led the league in that category (if you take out the top rated guy (Todd Collins who was a backup and shouldn't qualify).
This number at least tell you who's dinking and dunking and who's not.
Specifically, you might want to compare Schaub with Brady.