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Some Clarification is in Order - Off-Season Stats: Rookie Quarterbacks

Well, I'm back from my MHR vacation, feeling rested, relaxed, and ready for the off-season.

As I continue Some Clarification is in Order, I wanted to try and mix up the off-season bore with something different then "mock off-season #219." Now I always enjoyed posting in the off-season more then the regular season because the site quiets down, people become more rational as they begin to review the past season. So along those lines, Some Clarification is in Order will be dealing with stats that may have been overlooked or over simplified during the season.

Now these won't just be reviews of the past season, but will be looking at trends in the league as well as our specific players. This first post will be review the rookie wide receivers of this season, and looking back at past seasons. Let's begin with the quarterbacks shall we.

Quarterbacks:

This section will be reviewing the status of each QB drafted in the first three rounds of the draft going back till 2000. It won't deal with their statistics on the season because each team usually only has one quarterback, and backups only come into play because of injury, in our case or Cleveland, or because the game is out of hand.

This table will cover where they were drafted, did they start game 1 of their rookie season, how many games they started that season, and are they starting now. Each draft also will list the number of rookie starters and how many of that draft class are still starting.

For the rookies of the 2010 season, since we aren't sure of their future status, their starting status is left blank.

 

Year

Draft Spot

Rookie Starter

Games Start as Rookie

Starter Now

2010


1



Sam Bradford

1

Y

16


Tim Tebow

25

N

3


Jimmy Clausen

48

N

13


Colt McCoy

85

N

8


2009


2


3

Matt Stafford

1

Y

10

Y

Mark Sanchez

5

Y

15

Y

Josh Freeman

17

N

9

Y

Pat White

44

N

0

N

2008


2


2

Matt Ryan

3

Y

16

Y

Joe Flacco

18

Y

16

Y

Chad Henne

56

N

3

N

Brian Brohn

57

N

0

N

2007


0


0

JaMarcus Russell

1

N

4

N

Brady Quinn

22

N

1

N

Kevin Kolb

36

N

1

N

John Beck

40

N

5

N

Drew Stanton

43

N

3

N

Trent Edwards

92

N

9

N

2006


1


1

Vince Young

3

Y

15

N

Matt Leinart

10

N

12

N

Jay Cutler

11

N

5

Y

Kellen Clemens

49

N

2

N

Tarvaris Jackson

64

N

4

N

Charlie Whitehurst

81

N

0

N

Brodie Croyle

85

N

0

N

2005


0


1

Alex Smith

1

N

9

N

Aaron Rodgers

24

N

3

Y

Jason Campbell

25

N

0

N

Charlie Frye

67

N

5

N

Andrew Walter

69

N

8

N

David Greene

85

N

0

N

2004


0


4

Eli Manning

1

N

9

Y

Philip Rivers

4

N

2

Y

Ben Roethlisberger

11

N

14

Y

J.P. Losman

22

N

4

N

Matt Schaub

90

N

1

Y

2003


1


2

Carson Plamer

1

N

0

Y

Kyle Boller

7

Y

11

N

Byron Leftwich

19

N

15

N

Rex Grossman

22

N

3

Y

Dave Ragone

88

N

2

N

Chris Simms

97

N

2

N

2002


1


0

David Carr

1

Y

16

N

Joey Harrington

3

N

14

N

Patrick Ramsey

32

N

9

N

Josh McCown

81

N

0

N

2001


1


2

Michael Vick

1

N

8

Y

Drew Brees

32

N

1

Y

Quincy Carter

53

Y

8

N

Marques Tuiasosopo

59

N

1

N

2000


0


0

Chad Pennington

18

N

1

N

Giovanni Carmazzi

65

N

0

N

 

Review:

This season doesn't seem much different then those of the past. Sam Bradford was the only one to start the season as the team's starter, but Tebow, Clausen and McCoy all saw playing time, either because of injury of because they replaced the starter. obviously some drafts of the past have been more successful then others. Looking at the 2004, with all four quarterbacks starting, and two have rings, it was a fantastic quarterback draft, while others, like 2007 or 2002, didn't turn out quite as well.

As I went back and rewatched each quarterbacks play this season, all have shown potential, sans Clausen. Bradford was head and shoulders above the other rookies quarterbacks. Watching him play is pretty enjoyable, and while he had some bad games, he showed poise and great football intelligence in the pocket and despite playing with little offensive talent around him, he set rookie records. And it's not just about his statistics, he showed maturity, won the team over, and with each throw, you could see his receivers trusted him.

McCoy and Tebow had similar seasons, Tebow saw limited playing time in the red zone before starting after an Orton injury. Tebow had great success running the ball, planned or unplanned, which most expected, but struggled with accuracy. After rewatching his games, he doesn't have much touch on the ball, and tends to be a half second off on his throws, something that will improve with practice no doubt. With more practice, Tebow can work these issues out.

McCoy had a very solid season, showing the same toughness as Tebow, but also greater accuracy. His interception stats are misleading, after watching his games again, most came of drops by the receivers. McCoy is showing he was a steal in the 3rd.

Clausen was skittish in the pocket, afraid to make throws, and was off-target all season, and while these are coachable things, he lacks confidence to really be great. He needs a lot of work or talent around him to help him grow.

Overall, 2010 is looking like a solid draft class.

Next time on Some Clarification is in Order - Off-Season Stats: Rookie Wide Recievers

This is a Fan-Created Comment on MileHighReport.com. The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff of MHR

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