Ryan Air: Why was this Jet quarterback almost always late for takeoff?

Tweet           On November 28, 1964 the American Football League held its 1965 draft. The first pick overall, Joe Namath, went to the Jets because he told the Houston Oilers, the team that owned his drafting rights, to forget about signing him since he decided to play in New York. The After Drafter Clock chose to begin assessing the relative successes of each team’s draft history…

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26 Ways From Sunday: A Look at the 26 Quarterbacks Drafted by the Patriots Since 1967.

Tweet       If asked to guess, which number of New England quarterback draftees do you think would be highest? The number cut without playing a single game, the number on the roster of a team that lost a Super Bowl, or the number of quarterbacks on the roster of a team that won a Super Bowl? Whatever answer you choose, the Patriots quarterback draft alumni are a remarkable…

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An Empty Locker in Tennessee: Not everything is Jake in the NFL

Tweet                Earlier this off season, promising young quarterback Jake Locker of the Tennessee Titans announced his retirement. He stated he lacked the commitment and passion necessary to play professional football, and his lack of enthusiasm for the sport prevented him from leading his team on the field. In and of itself, this amounts to one man choosing to walk away from the NFL, but when combined with the…

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Papa Bear and The Missing Quarterback Formation

Tweet   People often called George Halas, the founder and original owner of the Chicago Bears, the father of the NFL.  If true, someone should have called DCFFS (Department of Chicago Football Fan Services), because, in some ways, he was an abusive father.   Legendary Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes gained fame for his adherence to the “three yards and a cloud of dust” philosophy, but Papa Bear stayed with…

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The Joe Montana High Five: The 5 Quarterbacks the 49ers Drafted Higher than 82nd Since 1967.

Tweet   Joe Montana famously lasted until the 82nd pick in the 1979 draft. When explaining why the Bears passed on Montana, a Bears executive (Jim Finks?) said the Bears already had Vince Evans and Bob Avelini, and chose not to complicate their quarterback situation further. The After Drafter Clock will now pause for laughter. Of course every team in the league skipped Montana at least twice, and some three…

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The Joe Gibbs Quarterback Bounce

Tweet   As a public service announcement to all NFL franchises, the After Drafter Clock reminds them all that Joe Gibbs is not their coach. When considering the greatest coaches of all time, fans, including the AD Clock, mentions that Gibbs won three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks. Somehow other teams assumed quarterbacks drafted by the Redskins possessed some kind of magic. Joe Gibbs possessed the magic, and the…

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Cowboys Quarterbacks: Happiness is as Happiness Does

Tweet The Cowboys Hold Two Pairs             In 1964 the NFL gave the Dallas Cowboys special permission to draft Roger Staubach. Both the NFL and the AFL saw the Heisman trophy winner as a prime draft pick even though he intended to fulfill his military duty, and delayed his entry into professional football until 1969. The After Drafter Clock began scoring draft picks with the 1967 season for two reasons….

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Ron Jaworski: The Rams’ missing link?

Tweet Ron Jaworski: Did the Rams Give up Too Soon? With the 31st pick of the 1975 draft the Chicago Bears took defensive end Mike Hartenstine out of Penn State. Ten years later, when the Bears won the Super Bowl after the 1985 season, Hartenstine still held a place on the roster. History showed the first building block of that Super Bowl team also arrived in 1975, a halfback named Walter…

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The Joe Gibbs Quarterback Bounce

Tweet The Joe Gibbs Quarterback Bounce       As a public service announcement to all NFL franchises, the After Drafter Clock reminds them all that Joe Gibbs is not their coach. When considering the greatest coaches of all time, fans, including the AD Clock, mention that Gibbs won three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks. Somehow other teams assumed quarterbacks drafted by the Redskins while Gibbs coached the team…

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The Fuller Brush with Greatness

Tweet The Fuller Brush with Greatness   Steve Fuller, the quarterback the Kansas City Chiefs took with the 23rd pick in 1979, easily registered as the most interesting one they ever drafted. In the spring of 1979 the San Francisco 49ers went quarterback shopping in South Carolina and stopped at Clemson to look at this Fuller kid. Of course, if a quarterback wanted to show off his passing skills he…

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Koy Detmer: Holder Extraordinaire?

Tweet Koy Detmer: Holder Extraordinaire?   Since 1967 the Philadelphia Eagles drafted 20 quarterbacks, and three of those quarterbacks went on to play in 100 or more games. The first two names, Randall Cunningham and Donovan McNabb, easily come to mind for most football fans. The third one, not so much. Koy Detmer appeared in 104 games for the Eagles, but started a mere eight. This odd fact caused the…

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