21 Sep 2004
OK, quiz time. Of the top 10 quarterbacks in the league, who would you say is the most inaccurate? If I hadn't already seen the article, I still would have guessed Donovan McNabb. But here's an interesting statistic: McNabb has completed 57.9 percent of his passes since 2000; last season Tom Brady had a completion percentage of 60.2 and Jake Delhomme came in at 59.2. So why is McNabb often characterized as being all over the place even though his numbers are very similar to two Super Bowl quarterbacks? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that he had to throw to the likes of James Thrash, Torrance Small, Na Brown, Charles Johnson and Todd Pinkston over the years. Oh yeah, McNabb was 19/28 for 245 yards and 2 TDs in last night's win over the Vikings.
To win a Super Bowl, do you want a team with balance, or one that is dominant on one side of the ball? Part I of Scott Kacsmar's study looks at what the DVOA era tells us about building Super Bowl teams. Having a dominant unit and a track record of success is crucial, but has that always been true?