Rising Stars and Rising Upstarts

Tweet Drew Brees has ten quality starts, more than any other quarterback in the NFL this year. First, let’s start with the idea that if a quarterback completes 60% or more of his passes, throws at least one touchdown, and finishes with a 2:1 or better ratio of touchdowns to interceptions, he made a quality start. So far in 2018, @Drewbrees achieved those numbers ten out of eleven times. Four…

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Rodgers’ Picks as Rare as Hen’s Teeth

Tweet Roethlisberger threw 24 touchdowns so far, but also 12 interceptions. Rodgers threw 20  touchdowns but only one interception. Since the beginning of the year, both Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers started eleven games each. Rodgers currently has nine quality starts and Roethlisberger has six. The assumption is that if a quarterback completes 60% of his passes and doesn’t turn the ball over, he gives his team a good chance…

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What Do You Do With a Problem Like Patricia?

Tweet Matt Patricia might have learned a lot of football from Bill Belichick, but he didn’t learn any people skills. The Lions should recognize their mistake and fire him.   I readily admit I hold no prowess or insight into judging football talent.  For example, I hoped the Bears would draft Mitchell Trubisky because I read he threw the football with greater accuracy than the other potential quarterback draftees in…

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What is the Football Equivalent of Baseball’s Quality Starts?

Tweet I am a big fan of Mitchell Trubisky’s, but seventeen quarterbacks recorded more quality starts than he did so far. What is the NFL quarterback’s equivalent of Major League Baseball’s quality start? What numbers can a quarterback achieve or not exceed in order to reach a reasonably good start.  I tried to create a simple quality-start” for quarterbacks.  This is my first guess.   Quality start rules: The quarterback…

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