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NFL Quarterbacks Who Must Deliver in 2012

Other QBs who may be on the hot seat with fans this year:

  • Kevin Kolb, Arizona Cardinals
  • Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders
  • Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens –though I think he’s done well in his 3 seasons there, fans and/or media love to needle this guy
  • any Seattle Seahawks QB not named Russell Wilson

RG3 Saves Shanahan….At Least For 2012

RG3 and Coach Shanahan

About a year ago, Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan told reporters that he would stake his reputation on Rex Grossman and John Beck. Well, that experiment was a Major Fail. After a 3-1 start, the Skins only won 2 of their remaining 12 games. Understandably, Shanahan’s reputation took a hit. After his second year with the Skins, his record was 11-21 which was actually a game worse than Jim Zorn‘s two-year record of 12-20. Remember Jim Zorn, the coach who was stripped of all play calling duties mid-season 2009 and then summarily released when the season ended. Zorn got the boot, and Shanahan got, well, he got Robert Griffin III. RG3 represents a do-over for Shanahan. The rookie QB pretty much assures that Shanahan will keep his $7 million coaching job, at least through 2013. With the drafting of RG3, Shanahan put himself in a win-win situation for 2012. If RG3 doesn’t perform well, it will be attributed to his being a rookie who is still developing. If he does perform well, Shanahan will be considered a genius for making the draft pick and helping him develop. Either way, RG3 and Shanahan are joined at the hip. RG3’s success or lack thereof will either resurrect Shanahan’s tenure in D.C. or cause it to go up in flames.

Saints Have Football Fans Scratching Their Heads

The Saints have had a tumultuous offseason, no doubt. Because of Bounty-Gate, head coach Sean Payton and top defensive player linebacker Jonathan Vilma have both been suspended for the entire 2012 season. Assistant coach Joe Vitt, General Manager Mickey Loomis and defensive end Will Smith have all received suspensions of various durations. Former DC Gregg Williams has been suspended indefinitely while former defensive players Anthony Hargrove (now with Packers) and Scott Fujita (now with Browns) have also received suspensions. Obviously the Saints 2012 season has received a serious blow and remains disrupted from the subsequent fallout in the media, among football fans, among players and within their own organization. So out of all this turmoil, one of the most perplexing actions, or rather non-actions, by the Saints organization is their failure to re-sign quarterback Drew Brees to a long-term deal. At a time when restoring stability to the team should be priority #1, having a contract dispute with the team’s top player only adds to the dysfunction and fractures confidence in the locker room. Surely players will wonder, if they can do this to the leader of the team, how will they treat me? This does not look good for the organization — most are thinking just get it done. Period.

For those who follow football, it is almost laughable to have to justify giving Brees a decent, long-term deal.  But here goes:

Record-breaking stats from 2011 season

  • Most passing yards, season: 5,476
  • Most consecutive 300+ yards passing games: 7
  • Most consecutive 350+ yards passing games: 4
  • Most consecutive 400+ yards passing games: 2 (tied)
  • Most games, 250+ yards passing, season: 16
  • Most games, 350+ yards passing, season: 8
  • Most games, 300+ yards passing, season: 13
  • Most games, 30 or more pass attempts, season: 16 (tied)
  • Most pass completions, season: 468
  • Most consecutive games 20 completions: 36 (2009-present)
  • Most games 20 completions, season: 16 (tied his own 2010 record)
  • Most games 30 completions, career: 29 (2005-present)
  • Most games 30 completions, season: 9
  • Most games 30 completions and no interceptions, career: 14 (2006–present)
  • Most games with 30 completions and no interceptions, season: 5 (tied)
  • Highest completion percentage, season: 71.2 (468 for 657)
  • Most games with more than 80% pass completion rate, career (minimum 20 passes per game): 12 (2004-present)
  • Most games with more than 80% pass completion rate, season (minimum 20 passes per game): 3
  • Most consecutive seasons 4000+ yards: 6 (2006-2011)
  • Most career seasons 5000+ yards: 2
  • Most games, 350+ yards passing, career: 29
  • Most Games 5+ TD Passes, Career 7, (2004-Present)
  • Most Games 1+ TD Passes, Season 16 (tied)
  • Most Seasons, 45+ Touchdown Passes, 1 (tied)
  • Most consecutive passes, None intercepted, post-season: 226 (January 21, 2007 – January 14, 2012)
  • Most games with 400 yards passing and no interceptions, career 4 (tied)
  • Most games with 5 touchdown passes and no interceptions, career 5 (2004-present)
  • Most games with 30 completions and no interceptions, career 14 (2006-2011)
  • Passing Yards in a single month 1,687 (October 2011)

Besides this mountain of achievements from last year, Brees is a 6-time Pro Bowler, was named 2008 Offensive Player of the year and led the Saints to a Super Bowl win in the 2008-09 season and was named the Super Bowl XLIV MVP.  The Saints response to all this: Okay, you’re good, here’s a franchise tag and a one-year deal. Brees said Wednesday on WWL radio in New Orleans he is ‘extremely frustrated’ that he and the Saints have not reached agreement on a long-term deal. We hear you, Drew.

Note: stats via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_New_Orleans_Saints_season#Individual_Records_Set_or_Tied

Houston Texans sign QB John Beck

Texans sign QB John Beck

So, the John Beck experiment in Washington is over and will be continued in Texas. That may have just been a collective sigh of relief I heard across the Beltway as Redskins fans are eager for the RGIII era to begin and the Beck/Grossman/McNabb/whomever era to end. Beck will join the Houston Texans and compete with T.J. Yates and rookie Case Keenum for the QB backup job to starter Matt Schaub.

Lest we forget, Beck’s stat line as starter with Redskins in 2011

Wk 7 – Panthers 33..Redskins 20/ Beck 22/37, 279 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT, 1 FUM

Wk 8 – Bills 23…..Redskins 00…../ Beck 22/33, 208 yds, 0 TD, 2 INT, 1 FUM

Wk 9 – 49ers 19…..Redskins 11…/ Beck 30/47, 254 yds. 1 TD, 1 INT, 0 FUM

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Photo Credit:  Washington Redskins quarterback John Beck passes during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Landover, Md., on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011.  (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Drew Brees Fans to Saints: Pay Da Man

Last month, the New Orleans Saints slapped the franchise tag on quarterback Drew Brees and right away it was clear that Brees was unhappy with not being signed to a long-term deal. Understandable — he led the league in just about every measurable QB category this past season: 5,476 passing yards, averaging 342 yards per game with 46 touchdowns/14 interceptions and had a completion percentage of 71.2.  His passer rating of 110.6 was 2nd behind Aaron Rodgers’ 122.5.  Brees’ 5,476 yards also broke Dan Marino’s record for most passing yards in a single season. Marino’s record of 5,084 had stood since 1984. Added to Brees’ record is a Super Bowl win in 2009 and two subsequent playoff runs in 2010 and 2011. Even though Saints owner Tom Benson said today that they are close to a deal with Brees, these phenomenal stats have most people wondering why the Saints haven’t already re-signed the free agent QB to a long-term deal.

To date, Drew Brees has not signed his franchise tender and with voluntary training and conditioning programs starting Monday, he would not be able to attend until he is under contract. Because of the recent Saints’ suspension for their bounty for hits policy, it is imperative to have some continuity in leadership for the team which Brees definitely brings.

Sign the man — Pay the man — C’mon man!

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Drew Brees image used under CC Lic 2.0 via wikipedia.com

Will Jets opponents be Tebowed or Sanchized?

Tim Tebow/Mark Sanchez comparison

With the signing of Tim Tebow, the New York Jets have already created a controversial dynamic. Current starting quarterback Mark Sanchez is undoubtedly aware of the Kyle Orton affair in Denver last year. When Orton lost 3 of the first 4 games for the Broncos, the fans put up such a boisterous clamoring for Tebow, replete with billboards, posters and #15 jerseys at games, they literally ran Orton out of town and Tebow leapfrogged the #2 QB Brady Quinn to become the starting QB for the Broncos. Given that Jets fans were already booing Mark Sanchez by the end of last season, it’s not a stretch to believe that Mark’s first misstep will trigger more “Te-bow, Te-bow, Te-bow” chants at MetLife Stadium. My prediction: it’s gonna get ugly.  Will Sanchez get Tebowed or will Tim be Sanchized?

*Note: Tim Tebow has played in 23 games, but started only 14

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Data compiled from info on nfl.com

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32 NFL Owners meet to discuss issues and rule changes

After a tumultuous week highlighted by unprecedented suspensions, the Annual NFL Owners meeting began today, March 25, 2012 in Palm Beach, Florida. Some of the issues owners will be discussing are:

  1. Extending postseason overtime rules to the regular season
  2. Automatic review of all plays that result in a turnover
  3. All replay rulings viewed and made by the booth official instead of by the referee on the field
  4. Increasing offseason/training camp rosters from 80 players to 90
  5. Extending 15-yard penalty for horse-collar tackle (pictured above) to include quarterbacks in the pocket
  6. Extending trade deadline from 6 weeks into the regular season to 8
  7. Under some circumstances, allowing a player to return from the injured reserve list the same season
  8. Using college rules for 12 men on the field penalties — making it a dead ball foul as opposed to losing yardage and taking time off the clock
  9. Allowing for concussed players to be replaced.
  10. Possible announcement of opening weekend games/teams

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Photo: horse collar tackle by DE Cliff Avril, Lions on QB Carson Palmer, Raiders on 12/18/11. Avril was fined $10,000 for the illegal tackle. Source

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