I think I'm to the point that I just can't take it anymore.
Maybe it's my age. Or maybe Weeden's age.
I don't know for sure, but I've had it.
I listened again earlier this week to the ravings of NFL "experts," waxing poetic about the upside of some rookie QB's.
Bob's name came up quite a bit.
I used to like Subway. Not anymore.
Bob is the next coming of the next greatest NFL quarterback.
Our boy Brandon is not on the radar.
As Monken says, "Stats are for losers."
So let's be losers and take a look at some stats.
Here are your NFL QB stats through week 7, ranked by "rate," which is the passer rating for the season:
|1||Aaron Rodgers, QB||GB||183||262||69.8||1,979||7.55||52||19||4||26||109.6||283|
|2||Peyton Manning, QB||DEN||154||227||67.8||1,808||7.97||71||14||4||10||105||301|
|3||Robert Griffin III, QB||WSH||133||189||70.4||1,601||8.47||88||7||3||15||101.8||229|
|4||Matt Ryan, QB||ATL||160||236||67.8||1,756||7.44||60||14||6||13||98.8||293|
|5||Ben Roethlisberger, QB||PIT||155||235||66||1,765||7.51||82||11||3||13||98.6||294|
|6||Tom Brady, QB||NE||186||285||65.3||2,104||7.38||59||12||3||14||96.9||301|
|7||Drew Brees, QB||NO||166||273||60.8||2,097||7.68||80||18||7||12||96.1||350|
|8||Alex Smith, QB||SF||127||190||66.8||1,427||7.51||55||9||5||18||93.9||204|
|9||Matt Schaub, QB||HOU||140||222||63.1||1,650||7.43||60||10||4||8||93.1||236|
|10||Eli Manning, QB||NYG||169||265||63.8||2,109||7.96||80||12||7||5||92.5||301|
|11||Josh Freeman, QB||TB||104||187||55.6||1,538||8.23||95||11||5||9||91.2||256|
|12||Jake Locker, QB||TEN||67||106||63.2||781||7.37||71||4||2||3||90.2||195|
|13||Andy Dalton, QB||CIN||156||243||64.2||1,831||7.54||59||13||10||17||87.7||262|
|14||Christian Ponder, QB||MIN||152||227||67||1,492||6.57||45||9||6||16||87.5||213|
|15||Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB||BUF||133||218||61||1,435||6.58||68||15||9||8||86.1||205|
|16||Kevin Kolb, QB||ARI||109||183||59.6||1,169||6.39||46||8||3||27||86.1||195|
|17||Carson Palmer, QB||OAK||148||241||61.4||1,732||7.19||64||7||4||12||86||289|
|18||Philip Rivers, QB||SD||139||209||66.5||1,492||7.14||46||10||9||18||85.3||249|
|19||Tony Romo, QB||DAL||150||221||67.9||1,636||7.4||49||8||9||9||84.6||273|
|20||Joe Flacco, QB||BAL||150||252||59.5||1,837||7.29||52||9||6||18||84||262|
|21||Sam Bradford, QB||STL||131||219||59.8||1,592||7.27||65||7||6||21||81.5||227|
|22||Russell Wilson, QB||SEA||104||175||59.4||1,230||7.03||51||8||7||14||79.5||176|
|23||Cam Newton, QB||CAR||101||173||58.4||1,387||8.02||66||5||6||15||79.3||231|
|24||Matthew Stafford, QB||DET||164||264||62.1||1,754||6.64||57||5||6||12||78.4||292|
|25||Jay Cutler, QB||CHI||106||187||56.7||1,359||7.27||42||8||7||19||78.3||227|
|26||Matt Hasselbeck, QB||TEN||96||156||61.5||931||5.97||37||5||4||10||78.2||186|
|27||Michael Vick, QB||PHI||136||231||58.9||1,632||7.07||70||8||8||17||77.7||272|
|28||Blaine Gabbert, QB||JAC||88||158||55.7||906||5.73||80||6||3||15||77.1||151|
|29||Ryan Tannehill, QB||MIA||118||198||59.6||1,454||7.34||80||4||6||12||76.5||242|
|30||Mark Sanchez, QB||NYJ||116||218||53.2||1,453||6.67||66||9||7||14||74.6||208|
|31||Andrew Luck, QB||IND||134||250||53.6||1,674||6.7||41||7||7||16||72.3||279|
|32||Brandon Weeden, QB||CLE||154||272||56.6||1,783||6.56||71||9||10||11||72.3||255|
|33||Matt Cassel, QB||KC||103||176||58.5||1,150||6.53||33||5||9||13||66.2||230|
As you can see, Weeden is mired at the bottom, actually tied with Andrew Luck at 31.
But if we look at the next chart, we get a whole different perspective of where Brandon is performing relative not only to the rookies, but to the rest of the league:
|RANKING||AVG RANKING||GP||COMP||ATT||PCT||YDS||YDS/A||TD||FEW INT||FEW SACK||RATE||YDS/G|
|1||Robert Griffin III, QB||13.5||7||19||24||1||17||1||23||5||20||3||22|
|2||Brandon Weeden, QB||18.0||7||10||3||29||8||29||13||32||9||31||16|
|3||Andrew Luck, QB||21.2||6||18||8||32||13||24||26||26||24||31||10|
|4||Ryan Tannehill, QB||21.5||6||23||22||21||22||16||32||20||12||29||18|
|5||Russell Wilson, QB||24.8||7||28||29||24||28||23||19||24||19||22||32|
The rookies are ranked according to the average league ranking, which is the average of their ranking in each of the categories shown. "GP" is games played. This obviously skews the numbers in favor of the players that haven't had a buy week, which makes the passer rating and YPG important numbers. It will be interesting to see what this looks like once they all have an equal number of games. Meanwhile, let's look at Weeden's numbers:
- Overall #2 among the rookies in avg ranking
- Top 10 in league rankings in 4 categories (did not include "longest TD" category, as that really doesn't indicate anything of value about the QB)
- #1 among the rookies in 5 categories (Bob is #1 in 4, Luck is #1 in YPG)
Not too shabby for someone saddled with one of the worst receiving corps in the league (except of course for Josh Cooper), a suspect offensive line, and no running game. BTW...his group of receivers is 3rd in the league in drops (18, including 2 potential game winners), and one of those receivers is tied for 3rd in the league individually in drops (Little, 5).
And remember his first game? First games for rookies are almost always an aberration, either good or bad. Let's see what happens to the numbers when you take away the first game for each rookie:
Suddenly that passer rating is more in line with the middle of the league, and it should continue to improve as the season goes on.
Look, while it pains me to do this, I'll give Bob his due. The kid is talented, and the coaches appear to be doing a pretty good job bringing him along. He has a decent running game and a couple of solid receivers to help out.
But I still can't stand the arrogant, whiny little bastard. And I can't stand that the "experts" continue to compare only Luck and Bob for the "who is the better rookie QB" or "who has the most upside" awards. I think it is VERY clear that Brandon is the 2nd best rookie QB in the league right now, and his performances continue to improve each week.
My conclusion with all this...that by the end of the season, barring key injuries, I think Weeden will be the #1 rookie QB, without question. He has improved at a much steeper rate than the other guys, and the Browns coaching staff will slowly give in to putting him in the positions to succeed that suit his skill set, especially if the running game continues to struggle. And he will have done all this with as little help as any rookie QB may have ever had.
And I'm looking forward to enjoying every single second of Weeden moving past Bob once again.
GO POKES IN THE NFL!!!