Colts are the Big Guns Who Keep Misfiring at Quarterback

Tweet Patriots are the second best at drafting quarterbacks, and have a Brady bunch of Super Bowl trophies to show for it. By my math all of the quarterbacks drafted since 1967 combined to throw 19,339 touchdown passes.  Discounting the touchdowns throw by Jacksonville, Carolina, Houston, and the second coming of Cleveland, the total falls to 18,427.  If we divide that total by 28, the number of NFL teams since…

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Brady the Best Patriots’ QB? You Don’t Know the Half of It.

Tweet Sometimes the great ones meet you more than halfway. In 2008 the Atlanta Falcons drafted the best quarterback in their history, Matt Ryan, and have not drafted another quarterback who threw an NFL touchdown since.  That seven year drought represents the longest period in their team’s history, surpassing the five year drought they went through from 1967 to 1971.  The Falcons are remarkably good at drafting quarterbacks relative to…

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Since 1983 the Horseshoes Luckier than the Dolphins at Finding QB’s

Tweet Since 1983 the Dolphins keep betting on the wrong horses. In the earliest years of the Super Bowl era both the Dolphins and the Colts were factors in the post season.  The Colts were the first and last NFL team to lose a Super Bowl to an AFL team.  By 1970 the AFL folded into the NFL and the Colts moved from the old NFL to the new American…

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Chargers Thrown for a Loss of Quarterbacks

Tweet New England keeps their QB’s, San Diego QB’s keep getting away. Since 1990 and entering the 2016 season the New England Patriots drafted quarterbacks who threw a total of 797 touchdown passes, 428 of them by Tom Brady, leaving a respectable 369 by the rest of the picks.  Drew Bledsoe threw 166 in a Patriots uniform, and overall their picks threw 625 for the home team.  Those quarterbacks led…

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So Many Jackie Robinson’s, so Little Time.

Tweet Life’s a beach when you can’t break any more new ground. Many years ago I finished a sales call, climbed back into my car, turned on the radio and began listening to Fresh Air, hosted by Terri Gross on NPR.  I picked up that day’s interview in midstream, so I am not sure what the topic was, exactly.  Ms. Gross (I’m a big fan, truth be told) interviewed a…

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Did Marino’s Talent Sleep with the Fishes?

Tweet How good would Shula’s last 10 years have been without Dan Marino? After the Baltimore Ravens won their second Super Bowl, people began praising Joe Flacco to the extreme.  While I recognize that Flacco is a pretty good quarterback, it always appeared the Ravens overreacted and surrendered too much of their talent and salary cap space to sign Flacco to a contract appropriate for a quarterback of his stature.  …

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Colts Often Have Stud Quarterbacks, but Rarely Have the Horses.

Tweet Super Bowl lightning rarely strikes the same quarterback twice. Not counting Peyton Manning’s career totals, the quarterbacks drafted by the Colts threw for 4 more touchdowns than the quarterbacks drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals.  Over the past fifty years of the NFL draft, Cincinnati and Indianapolis have been two of the better teams in the league at finding NFL caliber quarterbacks.  Still, it seems like the two organizations have…

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Are Carson Palmer and Jay Cutler the same guy?

Tweet Making bad offenses better, and good offenses worse.   As much as I enjoy football, I really dislike the NFL, or at least the people who run it.  Roger Goodell and the owners remain so certain of their absolute power and authority they seem to abuse it with relish.  The Tom Brady four-game suspension showcased how determined the league’s management can be when it comes to asserting themselves.  This…

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Boy oh boy! The Cubs are in the World Series.

Tweet Why do I root for them? Just Be Cubs.   Anthony Rizzo is my favorite player.  It doesn’t me embarrass to write that, but it does embarrass me a little that I still have favorite players.  It seems like a childish thing that I should have left behind long ago, but never did.  That’s the thing about being a sports fan.  Gambling may enter the picture, and people start…

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Falcons Draft Picks Have a Talon(t) for Throwing Touchdowns for Other Teams.

Tweet After Jim Kelly and Joe Ferguson, Bills zero in on bad quarterbacks. The best quarterback the Falcons ever drafted, Brett Favre, threw zero touchdown passes for them, although he appeared in two games for Atlanta.  With those two numbers in mind, it still seems fair to claim that Matt Ryan is the best quarterback to ever play for the Falcons.  Favre threw 508 touchdowns in the NFL, but even…

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San Francisco: The Feast or Famine NFL Team.

Tweet When drafting quarterbacks, San Francisco looks Big Skyward, and sees not much else.   No franchise in the NFL possesses more of a Jekyll and Hyde personality than the San Francisco 49ers.  Every other franchise fields a great team once in a while except the Lions, and a few repeatedly put together good to great rosters, like the Steelers, the Ravens, and the Packers.  The 49ers were a team…

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