This week's article at the Post looks at what the numbers say about Griffin's hot start this season and how he compares to the rest of the rookie class.
Griffin is clearly moving the ball with both his arm and legs. He has generated just over 30 net EPA (net points) on pass plays and more than 13 net EPA on designed runs and scrambles. On a per play basis, his runs and scrambles are more potent, and by a large margin–about 50%.
The only statistical weakness Griffin’s numbers show is a high reliance on receiver yards after catch (YAC). Although his overall pass efficiency leads the league, he is 13th in “Air Yards” per attempt–passing yardage minus receiver YAC. Of the quarterbacks who have 100 attempts through week 4, Griffin has the third highest percentage of YAC. That’s not a bad thing in itself—more yards is always better...Of course the comments at the Post quickly devolved into an argument about the presidential debate. I wonder what the WPA looked like for Obama last night. Yikes.