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17 Nov 2017

FiveThirtyEight: Terrible Year for Quarterback Injuries

For FiveThirtyEight, I took a look at what has been a brutal season of quarterback injuries in the NFL. Beyond stars such as Aaron Rodgers and Andrew Luck, we've lost an extremely promising rookie (Deshaun Watson), a former No. 1 overall pick who may have been ready to peak (Sam Bradford), and a veteran on his last legs (Carson Palmer). We looked at adjusted games lost for quarterbacks since 2000 and adjusted the numbers by passing DVOA to get a sense of the quality of quarterbacks lost to injury. 2017 hasn't been the worst season on record, but it's sure getting there, and hopefully we won't have to add much to the injury database the rest of the year.

Posted by: Scott Kacsmar on 17 Nov 2017

8 comments, Last at 19 Nov 2017, 3:37am by Alexander


by Will Allen :: Fri, 11/17/2017 - 2:10pm

Granted, the Saints defense hadn't hit its stride yet, but the opening game with a healthy Bradford (and Dalvin Cook) gave a glimpse of what heights the Vikings offense might have attained. They've done well with Keenum, on the strength of excellent blocking and receiving, but if they would have had somebody with top notch throwing ability getting the ball to the optimum spot consistently, they really could have blown the doors off. They may get some real improvement still with Bridgewater, but who knows?

by Raiderjoe :: Fri, 11/17/2017 - 9:28pm

Tyrod Taylor coudk actually be the Vikings quarterback in 2018. Bridgeater may prove too brittle. Vradofrd goodbye. Keenum more if backup type

by Alexander :: Sat, 11/18/2017 - 5:08am

Lest we forget, the top QB in the NFL has been sidelined with a knee injury all season.

by dbostedo :: Sat, 11/18/2017 - 10:47am


by turbohappy :: Sat, 11/18/2017 - 4:08pm

I feel like this was some kind of bizarre attempt at throwing shade at Kaepernick that fell extremely flat.

by Alexander :: Sun, 11/19/2017 - 3:37am

Come on, you know it was funny.

by Raiderjoe :: Sat, 11/18/2017 - 7:24pm

Think maybe some weird joke about C. Kaepernick taking a knee. If so, joke does nkt make sense for a lot of reasons. Obvious one bejng Kaepernixk is not top quarterback unless u r excluding 25 or so guys

by Bright Blue Shorts :: Sat, 11/18/2017 - 11:09am