clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Josh Freeman Wants To Throw 0 Interceptions

Well, that's hardly news. Every quarterback wants to throw 0 interceptions, I assume. Unfortunately for us fans, the only way a quarterback will ever throw 0 interceptions is by not playing. Still, Josh Freeman has made it his annual mission to work toward this goal. He came pretty close last season with 6 interceptions, but that's not something he's likely to replicate. Only two players ever managed to have more than two seasons of attempting at least 400 passes and throwing fewer than 9 interceptions: Mark Brunell in 1997, 1999 and 2002, and Neil O'Donnell in 1993, 1995 and 1997. Throwing so few interceptions is largely a factor of luck, as any aggressive passing game comes with turnovers.

It's easy to see this when we look at recent quarterbacks. Peyton Manning has avoided throwing double-digit interceptions just once. Tom Brady has managed to do that just twice. Drew Brees has only been able to do so once, and Brett Favre, well, he was Brett Favre. When a quarterback avoids interceptions, part of that is knowledge of schemes, being judicious with the football and throwing an accurate football. But part of running a productive pass offense is taking risks and being willing to make throws into tight windows. This makes interceptions a natural byproduct of a good offense. Josh Freeman will throw more than six interceptions next season, but despite that the pass offense will likely be more productive.