September 13, 2011
Which quarterback would you rather have on your team this weekend? Former Eagle Kevin Kolb got off to a good start with his new team, the Arizona Cardinals, and Eagles starter Michael Vick earned a victory. Only former Eagle Donovan McNabb struggled with his new team, the Minnesota Vikings. Here is a look at how Kolb, Vick and McNabb compare after the first week of the season: Rk Player Comp-Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Lng 20+ Sck Rate 3 Kevin Kolb 18-27 66.7 309 11.4 2 0 70T 6 2 130.0 17 Michael Vick 14-32 43.8 187 5.8 2 0 41 4 3 83.7 28 Donovan McNabb 7-15 46.7 39 2.6 1 1 12 0 2 47.9
November 9, 2015 |
Every generation, it seems, laments what is to become of the one that follows, and sometimes it does so with justification. For proof, we offer the state of NFL quarterbacks. The best ones, with a few exceptions, are all in their 30s. There is, in fact, an epidemic of bad among the 20-somethings, with the Eagles' Sam Bradford, 27, at the very bottom, according to ESPN's system for ranking signal-callers. Instead of simply calculating passing numbers, which is how a standard rating is figured, ESPN's quarterback ratings take a more detailed look at game situations.
September 8, 1991 |
The season is just under way and the quarterbacks-on-crutches parade has already begun. Last week's victims were the Eagles' Randall Cunningham and Seattle's David Krieg. Pittsburgh's Bubby Brister sustained a concussion, but will return today. Four teams (including San Francisco and Phoenix, whose quarterbacks were injured before the season started) are already down to their second-string passers. With Pat Ryan's career resuscitated, can Guido Merkens be far behind? The trend is nothing new. Last year, six contending teams went into the playoff stretch without their regular quarterback.
September 22, 2008 |
Old quarterbacks, young quarterbacks, and Philadelphia-area quarterbacks were the story in Week 3 of the NFL season. Love the locals. Penn Charter graduate Matt Ryan threw a 70-yard touchdown pass for the Atlanta Falcons in their win over Kansas City. Audubon High's Joe Flacco passed for just 129 yards but led a Baltimore offense that held the ball for nearly 38 minutes in the Ravens' win over Cleveland. Good, and not so good. Rookie Steve Slaton, the former Conwell-Egan High star, experienced a tale of two halves for Houston.
April 24, 1995 |
It's not exactly 1983, when six quarterbacks were taken in the first round. But the 1995 draft is becoming the year of the quarterback in its own way. Four more quarterbacks - Rob Johnson, of Southern Cal; Chad May, of Kansas State; Dave Barr, of California; and Steve Stenstrom, of Stanford - were taken in the fourth round as the draft resumed yesterday. Alabama's Jay Barker in the fifth. Jerry Colquitt, of Tennessee, and Craig Whelihan, of Pacific, went in the sixth. And John Walsh, of Brigham Young, was taken in the seventh and final round, one that ended with Carolina taking Michael Reed, a defensive back from Boston College.
September 10, 1988 |
There was a time not long ago in Eastern college football when there was no balance of power to shift. Penn State, with an occasional scare from Pitt, was The Beast of the East for so long that the Eastern football landscape looked like something from one of those old Japanese monster films, with a Nittany Lion playing the part of Godzilla. Clearly, that is no longer the case. And a major reason is that some wise coaches have decided that a sound way to counteract State's traditionally repressive defense is to add another dimension to their offense.
August 26, 2010 |
Sam Bradford, Rams: No thanks. Ditto for the other rookie quarterbacks out there. Tom Brady, Patriots: Says he wants to play another 10 years. Even if she is a supermodel, married life will do that to you. Drew Brees, Saints: That Week 1 opener against Brett Favre and the Vikings should get the fantasy season off to a flying start. First one to 40 wins. Jason Campbell, Raiders: Campbell is an upgrade at quarterback over JaMarcus Russell. But, then again, Naomi Campbell would be an improvement for the Raiders.
September 26, 2012 |
Every year, we're surprised by a handful of players who emerge from obscurity to become instant fantasy heroes. We're equally shocked when "can't miss" studs turn into duds overnight. (I'm looking at you, Chris Johnson.) But I can't remember a time when an entire position seems to have been flipped upside down. Sure, we're only three weeks into the 2012 season, but what in the name of Johnny Unitas is going on with the quarterbacks? Tom Brady has thrown half as many touchdown passes as Ryan Fitzpatrick.