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With two exceptions, quarterbacks are doing well this year

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Five quarterbacks (Romo, Brees, Rivers, Newton, Brady) currently are on pace to shatter the single-season passing yardage record, set by Dan Marino in 1984.  Two more (Hasselbeck, Rodgers) are on pace to come close to matching it.  But it’s not just the best quarterbacks who are having solid years.  Under the official passer rating (i.e., the thing ESPN desperately wants to re-invent), most quarterbacks have performed well through two weeks.

Nine have passer ratings north of 100.  Another six are on the right side of 90.  (That’s nearly half the league.)

The next 10 quarterbacks have a passer rating above 80.  As to the final seven starters, all but two come in above the mythical Kordoza Line, which reflects the career passer rating of up-and-down NFL quarterback Kordell Stewart.

It’s a huge difference from last year.  Through two weeks of the 2010 season, 10 quarterbacks fell short of Stewart’s 70.7.  (We’d actually pushed it down to 70.0; we now may need to push it up higher.)

This year, only two starters have passer ratings under 70.7:  Matt Cassel (50.4) and Luke McCown (30.6).  One of those two guys may no longer be a starter.

Moving forward, it’ll be interesting to see whether the defenses catch up.  If they don’t, plenty of records could fall this year.

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34 Responses to “With two exceptions, quarterbacks are doing well this year”
  1. feldman9000 says: Sep 20, 2011 1:50 PM

    Man Slammin Cam Newton is good. #halloffamebound

  2. crowdseats says: Sep 20, 2011 1:54 PM

    Yeah, it’s Gabbert’s time already. Just posted a comparison between Total QBR and Passer Rating for Week 2

  3. bleedgreen says: Sep 20, 2011 1:55 PM

    So uh… how about actually listing the break down of who is where?

  4. h3min1230 says: Sep 20, 2011 1:58 PM

    Well with so many damn defensive rule changes this comes as no

  5. bullcharger says: Sep 20, 2011 2:00 PM

    Defenses will catch up. It’s the only real impact of the lockout so far. Even Green Bay can’t stop anyone right now. It will change over the next 6 games and the second half of the season will be different.

  6. harleyrider1973 says: Sep 20, 2011 2:03 PM

    feldman9000 says:
    Sep 20, 2011 1:50 PM
    Man Slammin Cam Newton is good. #halloffamebound

    he’s played two games in the NFL and you are already putting him in the HOF?

  7. blaz0037 says: Sep 20, 2011 2:08 PM

    The No Defense League

  8. jodave5 says: Sep 20, 2011 2:13 PM

    So Tyler Palko is starting for KC this week?

  9. favreforever says: Sep 20, 2011 2:15 PM

    Not sure about the “Kordoza Line”, but I’m pretty sure that 30.6 is below the level where they unhook the life support system.

  10. blue18hutthutt says: Sep 20, 2011 2:21 PM

    Quality of D has been predictably awful this year due to the lock-out and cessation of two-a-days …tackling leaguewide is awful

  11. scudbot says: Sep 20, 2011 2:30 PM

    C. Newton 28/46 432 9.4 1 3 72.0

  12. airraid77 says: Sep 20, 2011 2:32 PM

    josh freeman has put together 2 quarters……the lions game was never in serious doubt……..and the vikings game…..well its the viking being the vikings. but even then it was until the vikings played prevent defense that freeman got going…and he didnt get going……they handed the ball off to blount….which is the smartest qbing move that franchise has made IN YEARS.

  13. billsfan1 says: Sep 20, 2011 2:35 PM

    That’s because there is a whole new conference that gets to throw on donte whitner

  14. jimyritz says: Sep 20, 2011 2:47 PM

    Tackling is awful???…’s a penalty for tackling anyone remotely hard…DB’s aren’t allowed to breathe on the wideouts w/out it being a 15 yard penalty and g-d forbid anyone hits hard….

    Seems like everyone is playing zone..Who plays man to man?

    It really is the no defense league..

  15. trbowman says: Sep 20, 2011 2:48 PM

    Whacko for Palko

  16. We'reFineThere says: Sep 20, 2011 2:49 PM

    If there’s such thing as a coverage linebacker I’d consider him in the draft after Luck and any other worthy QB’s. This TE vs bum LB game is unfair as well as the line up 4-5 receivers and find the practice squad CB game.

  17. ham1 says: Sep 20, 2011 2:51 PM

    IMO only, I would rather see a knock down drag out defensive slobberknocker anyday then all this candy azz offensive onslaught. Records will fall and I feel it is an injustice as the suckers who break them have had it handed to them on a silver platter with all the protection they and the diva WR’s get. I wonder how many records would be greater in years past had those QB’s had the refs blowing a whistle every ten seconds to protect them. The exception is Brady, and Manning, who both have won SB’s and have played in an old school NFL before Roger came along.

  18. gosuhgo says: Sep 20, 2011 2:54 PM

    why can’t espns new qb rating factor in tony romo losing game 1 by dropping a ball mid throw? That was blooper reel material

  19. jackblackshairyback says: Sep 20, 2011 3:15 PM

    Kordoza Line BWAHAHAHAHA!!!

    The only thing more fitting would be the Derek AndersonOza line, but it doesnt have the same ring to it.

  20. judsonjr says: Sep 20, 2011 3:29 PM

    As We’reFineThere says, I think lack of quality coverage linebackers is part of it. Teams with pass catching TE and good receiving backs can just split them wide and have a hey-day.

    Additionally, lack of secondary depth is an issue on many teams. As a general rule the 3rd & 4th WR are going to be much better than the nickle and dime that are covering them.

    Add in the PI, illegal hands, and roughing calls that give 1st downs and why bother running. If you run you have to grind it out only to have your drive killed via the inevitable holding call.

  21. robcypher says: Sep 20, 2011 3:46 PM

    You’re using Kordell Stewart’s average QB rating as the NFL version of the Mendoza Line (ie, to represent a thoroughly mediocre player)?

    Wouldn’t Trent Dilfer or Jeff George be a better person to use for a “Mendoza Line”?

  22. crawfish2011 says: Sep 20, 2011 3:46 PM

    Brees is the only one that will break Marino’s record of 5,084 pass yards in a season. The Saints don’t have a good defense, don’t run the ball wall, and the only game that will be affected by weather is week 17 at Carolina.

  23. gooboy6 says: Sep 20, 2011 3:50 PM

    Cassell is a winner

  24. whodeytn says: Sep 20, 2011 4:00 PM

    Andy Dalton is destroying Cam Newton in quarterback rating, yet he gets no love. He also hasn’t thrown an INT.

    Just sayin’…

  25. ruggerlad says: Sep 20, 2011 4:03 PM

    With the new (incredibly bad) rules in which you are no longer allowed to play defense or tackle (wtf) Jennifer Sterger could have a hall of fame career as a QB instead of ”sideline reporting”.

  26. ruggerlad says: Sep 20, 2011 4:06 PM

    Anyone knows it is not the lockout, in fact defenses take less time to gel than offenses IT IS THE RULE CHANGES GENIUS.

    FIRE GOODELL!!!!!!

  27. ruggerlad says: Sep 20, 2011 4:12 PM

    How does a LB cover a TE without being able to lay the wood? You cannot stop a man 3+ inches taller without hammering them as they try to catch the ball. Not weak LB coverage it is weak rules by Regina Goodfornothing the worst thing to happen to the NFL EVER!
    Chad Henne is on pace to beat Marino’s record I mean come on!!

  28. granadafan says: Sep 20, 2011 4:16 PM

    Hmm, all the pro-owner crowd that were paid to post on PFT must be eating a little crow after they predicted horrible offenses because players were prevented from OTAs during the owner lockout.

    Of course the real reason could be that defenses are deathly afraid of laying a finger on QBs or actually hitting receivers… Thanks Goodell.

  29. numberoneinthehoodg says: Sep 20, 2011 5:07 PM

    Just shows how stupid of a stat this truly is. A QB throws for under 50 in the first game is not in the bottom two is proof that it’s crap. Until you can take in intangibles, which you can’t, the QB rating is subject to review. Isn’t that what they want anyway? Just don’t lose the game. New M.O. for Al Davis.

  30. voodudrew says: Sep 20, 2011 9:35 PM

    Of course because he’s from Detroit you forget Matthew Stafford.

  31. freedomispopular says: Sep 21, 2011 4:15 AM

    Can we stop saying “so-and-so’s on pace to break the season passing yards record” when there have been only 2 games?

  32. ravensgrl says: Sep 21, 2011 8:58 AM

    crowdseats says:
    Sep 20, 2011 1:54 PM
    Yeah, it’s Gabbert’s time already. Just posted a comparison between Total QBR and Passer Rating for Week 2

    Great link! I’d love to see the full comparison for all the QBs each week.

  33. guypatsfan says: Sep 21, 2011 10:34 AM

    Defenses will eventually catch up with offenses. We’ll start seeing “normal” games by early October.

  34. mmmpierogi says: Sep 21, 2011 11:29 AM

    I’m guessing the numbers will calm down and defenses will adjust. I also strongly hope for that to happen. I watch NFL football for defense, not teams putting up arena football-esque numbers and making it look like some bush-league gym sport. It would be a shame if the rule changes were responsible in some part (it would put traditionally defense-driven teams at a disadvantage), but I don’t know if i buy that argument.

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