While going through Peter King's MMQB column just now, the following line jumped out:
He’s going to complete 64 percent or so of his throws, he’s going to limit mistakes, and he’s going to give Kansas City a good chance to win most Sundays.
Here are Captain Checkdown's completion figures by year:
- 2005: 50.9%
- 2006: 58.1%
- 2007: 48.7%
- 2009: 60.5%
- 2010: 59.6%
- 2011: 61.3%
- 2012: 70.2%
- 2013: 60.6%
That's a career completion rate of 59.5% in an era of unprecedented completion rates.
Obviously, Smith proved in 2012 that he is capable of completing more passes.
But it's also a clear outlier among his career numbers.
There's a long way from 59.5% and 60.6% to 64%, even if the Peter King types would love to tell us otherwise.