There are thirty days until what I consider the unofficial start of the NFL season, the Hall Of Fame Game, on August 1st 2019. To kick this waiting period off today I look at some NFL fact related to the number thirty. Thirty is a good benchmark for passing touchdowns in a season. It is not too easy or too hard to attain.
Out of all retired quarterbacks in NFL history only 32 had at least one season of 30+ passing touchdowns. Of those only five had greater than 20% of their seasons meeting that benchmark. Three of those five quarterbacks are in the NFL Hall Of Fame and another one, Peyton Manning, probably will be. Here is the full list of retired quarterbacks with at lest one season of 30+ passing touchdowns sorted by the percentage of seasons meeting the criteria. Hall of Fame quarterbacks have an asterisk after their name. Quarterbacks with greater than 20% of their seasons meeting the benchmark are in bold.
|Player||From||To||Tm||30+ Seasons||Yrs||Seasons / year|
Today the league is a much more pass oriented league. Some factors contributing to this have been
- Quarterbacks coming out of college more skilled in reading defenses,
- Bigger faster receivers,
- More schemes using shotgun, west coast offense and run-pass option,
- Changes in coach play calling philosophy, and
- Rule changes/enforcement protecting quarterbacks and receivers.
In 2019 among active quarterbacks there have been 19 quarterbacks with at least one season of 30+ passing touchdowns. That is more than half of all the retired quarterbacks making that benchmark. Also the season percentage numbers of making that benchmark are up. The number of active quarterbacks with over 20% of their seasons meeting the benchmark is double that of all retired quarterbacks. In addition there are four quarterbacks right at 20% that could move into the over 20% group with 30+ touchdowns this season. Here are the quarterbacks that have had 30+ passing touchdowns in a season.
|Player||From||To||Tm||30+ Seasons||Years Play||Seasons / Yrs|
|Blake Bortles||2015||2015||LAR – Sec||1||5||20.0%|
|Ryan Fitzpatrick||2015||2015||MIA – Sec||1||14||7.1%|