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Debunking the "Perfect" Passer Rating

Kurt Warner (Christian Petersen/Getty)

Kurt Warner, arguably a future member of the Hall of Fame, is among the elite quarterbacks who have registered a "perfect passer rating." But consider this label a fervent plea to the NFL: It's time to take the lead and debunk the myth of the "perfect" passer rating. It's something that simply doesn't exist.

The 158.3 rating referred to as perfect is simply the highest possible within the constraints of the formula set up when the system was implemented 36 years ago. The reality is the system was designed to rate passers mainly on their seasons and not for individual games. No quarterback would ever have a rating higher than 158.3 for a season, so the system stopped there. In reality, it could have...

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