05 Mar 2008
Was Brett Favre the greatest quarterback in modern NFL history? As I detail in this week's ESPN.com column, the answer depends on how much weight you put on peak performance vs. career value. Using the metrics from the "best quarterback seasons ever" article in PFP 2005, Favre doesn't have a single season in the top 50. Yet, how many quarterbacks gave their teams 15 years of above-average play (and one of slightly below-average play) at football's most important position -- without missing a game? Favre led the league in DPAR twice (1995 and 1996) and was only in the top five three other times (1997, 2001, 2007) but only once had a DVOA below 0% (1999). And yes, I said 1995. I was going to hold the 1995 stuff for July or August, but Favre's retirement might inspire me to put together the commentary and unveil it sooner.
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In this week's Varsity Numbers, Bill Connelly revisits some measures and concepts: Adjusted Scores, Covariance, and momentum (or whatever you choose to call it).