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Archive for September 27th, 2007

Quarterbacks worse than DA this season

Posted by disappointmentzone on 27 September 2007

Dave Berri is the co-author of The Wages of Wins, main blogger at the WoW Journal, and the mind behind the quarterback rating metric QB Score, which I use each week when discussing Derek Anderson. Yesterday Berri published the list of accumulative QB Scores through the first three weeks of the season and Derek Anderson placed a solid 13 (out of 34 qualifying quarterbacks). Here is a partial list of quarterback who in the first three games have not played as well at Anderson:

Bret Favre (17)
Eli Manning (19)
Vince Young (20)
Philip Rivers (26)
Alex Smith (28)
Drew Brees (33)
Rex Grossman (34)

Now for a quick note on QB Score, NFL passer rating, and why Anderson fares well in QB Score (he’s 18th in passer rating).

QB Score is superior to the NFL’s passer rating (in my opinion at least) in part because it’s far easier to calculate and in part because it takes into account what a quarterback does with his legs. The “running game” of a quarterback is important to consider not only for what it means to a quarterback like McNabb but also for what it means to someone like Derek Anderson. To keep a high passer rating you are better off taking a -20 yard sack than throwing the ball out of bounds for a 0 yard gain. These incredibly costly plays are the plays Anderson does a great job avoiding, which is going a long way in keeping his QB score inflated above others who are historically better quarterbacks. Not taking sacks is a very big deal. Anderson is good at that.


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Cleveland and The Power 100 List

Posted by disappointmentzone on 27 September 2007

Anyone around here tired of blog posts that involve Cleveland and power rankings? Well you might want to skip over this post because Business Week just dropped its list of the 100 most powerful people in sports and Cleveland is well represented. (1)

LeBron James is the only Cleveland athlete to make the list. He comes in at #19. That might seem a little low until you realize that he’s the fourth highest ranked professional athlete. Only Tiger Woods (2), Peyton Manning (13), and David Beckham (17) are more powerful than LeBron James, but that could all change this Saturday when he hosts SNL. Read the rest of this entry »

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What’s the matter with Kansas? Week 4

Posted by disappointmentzone on 27 September 2007

What’s the matter with Kansas? is the Disappointment Zone’s weekly report on the voting of the 65 media members who cast ballots in the AP Top 25 College Football Poll.

After blowing out a completely underwhelming Northwestern squad last Saturday the Ohio State Football Buckeyes received no extra love in the AP Top 25 poll. They remain stuck at #8 heading into a prime time showdown with uninspiring Minnesota, owners of one of the worst defenses in the country to go along with an offense that shouldn’t exactly strike fear into anyone’s hearts. The game is on the road, though, so maybe with another convincing win the Buckeyes might be able to leapfrog a Texas team that is ranked #7 not for what they’ve done on the field but for where they started ranked in the preseason. Teams 6-1 are all demonstrably better than the Buckeyes, but four of those teams face each other in the coming weeks and so Ohio State are in a position to ride the misfortunes of others and a relatively easy Big Ten schedule to another BCS controversy. The Buckeyes have a legitimate shot at going undefeated but if the current trends hold and two other teams (Oklahoma and LSU, say) go undefeated as well then Buckeye fans can say goodbye to the BCS title game and hello to comparisons to the Auburn team from a few years ago. Read the rest of this entry »

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