Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

19 Aug 2013

Mandatory Monday: Making Their Point

A look at how the quarterback controversies are shaping up. They are shaping up like: "the old guy looks bad and the young guy looks OK, so ... whoops, the young guy is hurt, we are stuck with the old guy, huzzah."

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 19 Aug 2013

6 comments, Last at 19 Aug 2013, 10:27pm by are-tee

Comments

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by bubqr :: Mon, 08/19/2013 - 8:44am

Disappointed to see you going into "Mike Vick won because he is more mobile" when he is winning exactly because he is not scrambling around that much but showing pocket presence, accurqcy and timing, while Foles has in fact been surprisingly mobile. Mobility has not been a real factor in the race, Vick won with his head and arm.

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by Dean :: Mon, 08/19/2013 - 9:15am

... which is really more of a condemnation of Foles than anything else.

The more I see of him, the more I see a guy who could play 10 years as a backup, but not a starter. AJ Feeley redux.

Although, either one of them is just keeping the seat warm for whoever they go out and get next offseason.

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by Kevin from Philly :: Mon, 08/19/2013 - 2:16pm

Or Barkley.

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by Led :: Mon, 08/19/2013 - 1:18pm

There is no evidence that taking Sanchez out to run the wildcat negatively affects his play. Tanier is going all file drawer effect on us. Sanchez is just bad and therefore capable of a boneheaded interception at any random time (like, for example, the 4th play from scrimmage as in the first preseason game). The two wildcat plays were an 8 yard run to the 8 yard line and then a 3 yard run for a first down. Should the Jets not run successful plays because Tanier has a hunch with no data to support it that it might upset Sanchez's delicate constitution? Is "offensive momentum" something different than running successful plays? (Now if the wildcat plays were not successful, like much of last year, that would be a separate and valid reason not to run them.)

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by are-tee :: Mon, 08/19/2013 - 10:27pm

And besides, Bill Barnwell has already proved that, like Santa Claus, there is no "momentum".

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/9580775/bill-barnwell-theory-momentu...

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by Kevin from Philly :: Mon, 08/19/2013 - 2:40pm

Hmmm... An epidemic of injuries in preseason football games - the same weekend as an epidemic of bear attacks in National parks. Coincidence?