Rethinking QB Cards

This might seem sacrilegious to some, but I’ve been wondering if modern APBA QBs wouldn’t be more realistically carded by giving them two cards.  I’ve done my own cards for my last two replays, and it is often difficult with only an R and P column to really capture all the modern QB skills with just those two columns.  For my next project I may try giving QBs two cards. One card will be for the run game and the other card will be for the pass game.  Here’s an example of what I’m thinking using 2021 Josh Allen.

The “Run” card has an “R” column to be used for called runs and an “S” column to be used for scramble runs.  In 2021 Josh Allen averaged 5.5 Yards per carry on designed runs and 8.8 yards per carry on scramble runs.  Using different columns for these different types of runs would allow more realistic results on both types of runs.  The “K” column would be used any time a “K” result occurred regardless of the column used.   Separating the scrambles from other run plays also allows for fine-tuning of sacks.

The ”Pass” card has an “S” column to be used on Short and Screen passes, an “M” column to be used on Medium passes and an “L” column to be used on Long passes.  Modern stats are kept for passing depth for QBs, so separate columns for different types of passes would now be doable.  Splitting out the Long passes would make it possible to use the Long Pass play again.  With the current cards the Long Pass play is just too risky.

Don’t get me wrong, I know APBA is never going to do this, but it was an interesting mental challenge for me and I thought I would share it.  Also, I’m looking at this strictly from a replayer’s perspective, I’m sure in face-to-face play there would be some unforeseen complications.

Any feedback is welcome as this is just in the planning stages. 

Updated R-column calculator

I’ve attached an update to my RB card calculator. This version fixes a minor calculation issue that impacted some RB. Most of the additions are explained in the notes. The biggest addition is that the spreadsheet will now give an estimate of how often the entered card will generate various gains. There was a discussion recently on ABTL regarding the 1983 John Riggins card. I hope that this spreadsheet will shed some light on those type of questions.

RB Card Calculator V2

Introducing Mr. Dan Flynn

I would like to introduce the newest “author” to the site, Mr. Dan Flynn. Dan has previously contributed an alternative “Yards per Catch” innovation and “R-Column Calculator” to estimate the yards per carry for running back cards. He is also an avid player who has currently completed week three of his 1981 NFL replay. His innovative mind is a credit to our community and I’m looking forward to anything he has to offer ranging from new innovations, evaluating tools, or statistical review of his current replay.  Welcome aboard Dan!  

Dan Flynn’s “QB Card Calculator”

Mr. Dan Flynn continues to create innovations to increase statistical accuracy and understanding card capability. Dan has used old APBA Journal articles to create a spreadsheet to estimate how a quarterback’s card should perform. Just type in the QB’s “P” column numbers to view estimated completion percentage, yards per completion, TD%, INT %, etc.

QBCardCalculator (Dan Flynn)

Dan Flynn’s “Yards per Catch” Innovation

Mr. Dan Flynn is an avid APBA Football player who recently contacted me regarding a Yards per Catch (YPC) innovation that he created. His “YardsPerCatch” spreadsheet allows the calculation of YPC ratings.  It also includes the chart used to determine the adjusted yardages.  The system allows for a range of YPC ratings from -5 to 10.  These ratings when used with the chart included will adjust the receivers YPC to more closely match their actual YPC. Mark Zarb and I reviewed the innovation and provided feedback. After several back and forth emails, Dan was nice enough to provide me with the finalized YPC spreadsheet and his methodology behind creating the innovation to share with the community. The instructions for usage are inside the spreadsheet.

I would like to thank Dan for all his hard work and attention to detail in creating this fine innovation. A job well done!

Dan Flynn’s YardsPerCatchUpdate

Dan Flynn’s Methodology for YPC Innovation