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How Does Footwork Impact Quarterback Performance?

Over the last few years, the statistically-inclined football community has gotten really interested in pressure and how it relates to quarterback play. Of course, pressure often leads to sacks, but it also leads to off-platform throws. Intuitively, throws from a stable base are more likely to be accurate than throws where, above everything else, you’re also moving around.

Our intuition seems to bear out when we look at the numbers. Sports Info Solutions tracks three different types of footwork that the quarterback could be using when throwing: planted, shuffling, or moving. If we add a fourth category of “hit as he throws,” we can see how performance changes as the quarterback’s platform becomes less stable.

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