21 Mar 2005
So is it the system or is it the player? Well, if you're talking about Cal head coach Jeff Tedford, a lot of people might tell you it's the former. Akili Smith started 17 games in his career and won three of them; Joey Harrington has struggled at times in Detroit and is perpetually in danger of losing his job; Kyle Boller had a QB-rating of 126.8 in college and has only managed a rating of 68.1 in the NFL. But Tedford has had some success too: Trent Dilfer has had a respectable career (including a Super Bowl), and David Carr has improved in each of his first three seasons in the league.
So all else being equal, is Alex Smith now the #1 QB simply because Aaron Rodgers is a Tedford guy?
Are the best defenses against play action the best against regular passes too? How much impact does play action really have in an NFL game, and does it correlate from year to year?