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Week Nine Quarterback Rankings

We are now at the halfway point of the NFL season. So now is a good time to tell the story about what we have learned so far about quarterbacks in 2006. What we have learned is that quarterbacks are inconsistent (okay, I said that before). Every team has now …

Week Eight Quarterback Rankings

A few blocks from my house in Bakersfield is Stockdale High School. This year the Mustangs are struggling, but a few years back Stockdale was a bit more successful when it was led by quarterback David Carr. Carr went on to star at California State University – Fresno (better known …

Week Seven Quarterback Rankings

Ben Roethlisberger got off to a bad start in 2006. Okay, his team won the Super Bowl at the start of the calendar year. But the 2006 NFL season did not start well. After five weeks only Andrew Walter’s struggles with the Raiders prevented Roethlisberger from being the lowest ranked …

Week Six Quarterback Rankings

From almost worst to first. And from almost first to worst. Those are the storylines from Week Six. After Week Five, Ben Roethlisberger had the second lowest QB Score per play in the league. He was one of only two quarterbacks to be below average in every game he played …

Week Five Quarterback Rankings

And then there was one. As the Week Five QB Score Rankings indicate, after five weeks we now have only one quarterback who has played more than once and been above average (an average QB Score per play is 1.1) every time he played. The last man standing has been …

Week Two Quarterback Rankings

Okay, this is a bit late. We are almost finished with Week Three. But as I noted, I was not able to make entries last week. So here are the quarterback rankings for Week Two, and the overall rankings after the second week. Rex Grossman was the top quarterback for …

Week One Quarterback Rankings

In my recent New York Times Keeping Score column I noted that turnovers in football are hard to predict. Two weeks earlier Martin Schmidt observed – again in the New York Times – that quarterbacks tend to be quite inconsistent. And in this forum, and in The Wages of Wins, …