John Elway: The Quarterback Version of Dick Butkus

September 3, 2013 History

The consensus view on John Elway is clear. He was the greatest draft prospect ever, a league MVP, a two-time Super Bowl champion, a Hall of Famer, and one of the most clutch quarterbacks in football history. But that’s not necessarily what the numbers say. In my quarterback ranking system, which rewards efficiency and longevity […]

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Checkdowns: Career passing stats in wins and losses

January 5, 2013 Checkdowns

Last weekend, I looked at career rushing stats in wins and losses; today I will do the same but for quarterbacks. I looked at all games, including playoffs, from 1960 to 2011, for all quarterbacks with at least 5,000 career passing yards over that time period. The table below lists the following information for each […]

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Trivia of the Day – Saturday, November 3rd

November 3, 2012 Trivia

On Sunday, Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger will meet for the first time since Manning picked up his second Super Bowl ring. The game will be the 9th such matchup between two teams whose starting quarterbacks have each won multiple Super Bowls as starters. This is the third straight year where we have such a […]

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Wins with quarterbacks drafted by that team

October 27, 2012 Draft

Good stat today by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who notes that Kansas City has gone 25 years without winning a game with a quarterback drafted by the Chiefs. This Todd Blackledge-led victory over the Chargers in 1987 was the last time a quarterback drafted by the Chiefs won a game in red and gold. That’s remarkable, […]

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The Greatest QB of All-Time IV, Part II: Career Rankings

August 30, 2012 G.O.A.T.

Yesterday, I explained the methodology behind the formula involved in ranking every quarterback season in football history. Today, I’m going to present the career results. Converting season value to career value isn’t as simple as it might seem. Generally, we don’t want a player who was very good for 12 years to rank ahead of […]

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The Greatest QB of All-Time IV, Part I (Methodology)

August 29, 2012 G.O.A.T.

In 2006, I took a stab at ranking every quarterback in NFL history. Two years later, I acquired more data and made enough improvements to merit publishing an updated and more accurate list of the best quarterbacks the league has ever seen. In 2009, I tweaked the formula again, and published a set of career […]

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