NFL Quarterbacks Having a Rough Go of It
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THE NFL REPORT:
QB PLAY MORE THAN A LITTLE SHAKY IN A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT PLACES THIS YEAR …
COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S QB CLASS
No reason to “beat up” Chicago rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky for his late-game interception that directly led to the game-winning field goal in Minnesota’s 20-17 non-cover road win against the Bears on Monday Night Football.
After all, we’ve seen some rather shoddy quarterback play all throughout the league this year – we’ll detail shortly – and at least the Chitowners can point to the fact that Trubisky is a rookie who was making his first-ever NFL start. Hey, Bears’ head coach John Fox actually threw Trubisky a verbal bouquet afterwards when he told reporters, “He’s (Trubisky) got what it takes. There’s no doubt in my mind.”
Maybe that sounds a bit strange considering Trubisky’s final stat line against the Vikes read 12-of-25 passing for 128 yards with one TD, 1 INT and one lost fumble … but we get what ole Foxie is talkin’ about, especially after his now 1-4 Bears’ team was subjected to the brutal play of QB Mike Glennon the first four weeks of the year. Yikes!
And that’s at the heart of our issue here in today’s Jim Sez:
In a league where so much is set for NFL quarterbacks to succeed – the rules favoring passers and pass-catchers is truly ridiculous, if you ask us! – there are actually a batch of slingers suffering through either horrible starts to this 2017 campaign or, at least, horrible recent performances.
So, when Trubisky was picked off by Minnesota S Harrison Smith at the Bears’ 22-yard line with just over two minutes remaining in what was a 17-17 tie at the time, it was a bad moment for the Bears’ signal-caller but he had not been alone:
BEN ROETHLISBERGER, Pittsburgh – Last weekend’s five-INT game (that included a pair of pick-sixes) in a humbling 30-9 loss to TD-underdog Jacksonville had “Big Ben” wondering aloud whether he still has it … and note the season stats for Roethlisberger now includes seven interceptions and the only quarterback in this man’s league to chuck more INTs is Cleveland Browns rookie DeShone Kizer. Note that Roethlisberger will head into Sunday’s Week 6 game at the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs with a QB Rating of 75.8 and only Kizer and Baltimore’s Joe Flacco have poorer QB ratings. ‘Nuff said!
CARSON PALMER, Arizona – There’s been lots of folks wondering when this 37-year-old will start to slide off the end of the cliff and fact of the matter is it might be happening before our very eyes. Note that Palmer’s underachieving Cardinals are 2-3 SU (straight-up) and 0-5 ATS (against the spread) with a point differential of minus 44 points. Palmer’s thrown for 1,573 yards – that’s actually second in the league to New England’s Tom Brady – but his TD-to-INT rate is just 6-to-5 and he’s been sacked 19 times and that ties ‘em with Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers. The problem is Rodgers has been sacked that often because he’s operating behind a battered offensive line playing without two or three starters while Palmer’s issue has been holding onto the ball too long. Time to pull the plug on ‘em in the desert? It’s coming soon. P.S., Palmer has a current QB Rating of just 80.5.
BLAKE BORTLES, Jacksonville – Surprise, surprise to find this Jaguars’ slinger on our short list of NFL quarterbacks really struggling so far. Bortles – who sports a QB Rating of just 78.2 – managed to help steer his club to that above-mentioned road win in Pittsburgh last weekend despite his throwing for only 95 yards with one INT. You can see the Jaguars’ weekly game plan and it’s to emphasis the ground game now starring rookie RB Leonard Fournette and make Bortles throw only when he has to … but it that any way for a franchise to move forward in this day-and-age of high-octane aerial football? Bortles is a bust – no two ways about it as the dude was the third overall pick a few years back – but somehow the 3-2 Jags have danced around his many weaknesses/flaws and we’re still wondering how J’ville scored 44 points in that London win against the Ravens a couple of weeks back.
A couple of other “name” quarterbacks that are not exactly off to flying starts this NFL season include …
Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton does get his kudos for last Sunday’s 20-16 home win/cover against Buffalo but the redhead sports a blah 7-TD versus 6-INT mark with a subpar 87.5 QB Rating and there’s even 2016 MVP Matt Ryan who enters Sunday’s post-bye game against Miami with just 5 TDs and 5 INTs with a wobbly 87.5 QB Rating.
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THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATE
Okay, so as long as we’re talking quarterback stats, let’s move the discussion now onto the college kids and voice our opinions with a couple of high-profile aerial artists:
Right at this very minute, UCLA’s Josh Rosen leads the nation in passing with 2,135 yards (that’s 427 yards per game) and he would have to be the numero uno pick for NFL Draft folks even above USC’s Sam Darnold (1,705 yards and ranking 13th in the country).
Truth is Rosen has made some terrible poor decisions – see a late-game pick against Memphis a few weeks back that cost the Bruins a road win – while Darnold’s been terribly average thus far while pro teams talk of “tanking” in order to get him at the top of the draft.
Let’s include Wyoming’s Josh Allen here – the Cowboys’ slinger ranks a lowly 8th among FBS passers while averaging just 175.4 ypg. Sure, we’ve heard all the talk about how Allen’s receivers have dropped a ton of passes but let’s be clear: The kid’s had a crummy start and he’s probably already dropped 15 spots in this next draft.
The biggest passing whiz – aside from Rosen – among Power 5 teams is Washington State’s Luke Falk who is averaging 333.3 yards passing per outing to go along with 19 TD strikes. So, why isn’t this 6-foot-4, 225-pounder on Wazzau garnering more in-season praise from NFL folks? Please just don’t tell us he’s a “system QB”, alright!
NOTE: The NFL Week 6 kicks off Thursday Night with a thriller – it’s the Philadelphia Eagles at the Carolina Panthers and we’ll have the preview in the next edition of Jim Sez.
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