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His numbers are weak? The fuck numbers are you looking at!?
* On pace to break the following NFL records (NOT rookie records): passes attempted, drop backs, offensive snaps.
* On pace to break the following NFL rookie records: yards passing, passes completed, passing yards per game
* NFL rookie records that he's on pace to be close to (one or two good games in these categories and he'll be on pace again): TDs
His completion percentage right now sits at 53.4%. Since the merger, there have been exactly 12 quarterbacks to start the full season and complete >= 53% of their passes.
He's got a 1:1 TD ratio, which is pretty average for a rookie QB, but only just.
5.2% sack rate is pretty average, but again, not bad for a rookie.
I'm not sure what you mean by "traditional numbers" but by these stats at least, he seems to be doing incredibly for a rookie. If you compare him to RG3, which is for sure what people are doing to arrive at that conclusion:
34% of Luck's yards come from YACs. 62% of RG3's do. RG3's has taken the same number of sacks, yet has made 60 fewer pass attempts (2 full games for RG3). RG3 is averaging 26 attempts per game. Luck is averaging 44 attempts per game. Point is, you can't look at RG3's QB rating and think that he's doing statistically better as a QB than Luck is, because he's really not, except that his receivers run the ball after the catch a whole lot more and run up his numbers. If you take away YACs from both... Luck is 62.4 and RG3 is 78.9.
I'm not buying the "weak stats" that you're selling. Balderdash, and shenanigans on you.
1 year, 4 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield-Browns | October
@pierrezombie @dmstorm22 The absolute best place on the internet to talk to NFL fans is in the NFL reddit: http://reddit.com/r/nfl/
It's the only place online where there are fans from all teams who speak to each other intelligently and maturely. There are even groups of people who r/nfl specific statistical analysis. The rest of reddit is... not quite so great, but the NFL subreddit certainly is.
1 year, 5 months ago on The Football Fan’s False Dichotomy: Rooting For Laundry | September
Only $3 for Kindle? Sold!
1 year, 6 months ago on Chris Brown of Smart Football Talks to Colts Authority | August
Does anyone really think there's a chance Freeney is cut any more? From what I've read, he's been a more or less exemplary leader and teammate so far in training camp, and he's a fan favorite, and he's performed quite well in the transition, and (as far as I know) he doesn't even want to leave.
1 year, 6 months ago on Hughes and Brown showing off | Articles
@AJ_ I think it has more to do with the need to sell copy than anything. "Well, this QB prospect here, he's one of the best prospects we've ever seen and there's not really any cogent criticism we can level against him" sells a whole lot fewer magazines and draws a whole lot fewer eyeballs than a 1st-overall draft battle, even though it was never really a contest. A complaint like arm strength is a great thing for pundits because it's almost entirely unquantifiable (and even if it was, we lack the history to make a lucid analysis of the numbers), and it will always be easy to find game tape of QBs making limp noodle throws that make their arms look weaker than they are. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a real NFL scout that actually felt that Luck's arm strength was a concern going into the draft, and the only people I remember bringing it up were Skip Bayless and his ilk that rely on casual fans who think the game is about passion and emotion and who "wants it" more, rather than talent and work and strategy and all the complexities of the NFL game.
1 year, 6 months ago on Nothing wrong with Andrew Luck's arm strength | Articles
Is it still too early to read anything to Brazil being in front of Hilton on the depth chart?
1 year, 6 months ago on Colts Release Second Unofficial Depth Chart | August
I'd say we've had a much better (first week of) training camp than we had any good reason to expect. I think the team will surprise some people with how not-terrible they are. I'm not saying that we're going to be GOOD, but people pegging us at 1-3 wins and the worst team in the league are hopefully quite wrong. I'm about tired of seeing the Colts as #32 in power rankings, something I expect won't last much into the season.
1 year, 7 months ago on The Week In Review: Training Camp Week One | August
Listening for the first time tonight... 10PM seems really late for a radio show, do I have that right?
1 year, 7 months ago on Colts Authority Radio Open Thread 8/1/2012 | August
@WillyDuer It's a little bit homer-ific for my taste to think the Colts have any kind of real chance to win the division, but I do agree with the rest of what you said. I think we'll be competitive in a lot of games that we ultimately wind up losing, but I think we'll surprise a lot of people with how competitive those games are.
1 year, 7 months ago on Ijalana and Edds Out for the Season; What it Means for the 2011 Colts | July
@DougEngland So, we have a secondary player who could be potentially great and game changing when he's on the field, but his entire career is plagued with injuries? Does anyone else have deja vu?
1 year, 7 months ago on Powers and Bethea on DBs | January