Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

24 Jun 2005

Tip Sheet: Hoping for Another Chance

Len Pasquarelli seems surprised that no one wants to give former Carolina Panthers cornerback Rashard Anderson another chance. Gee, why not? I mean, just because he hasn't played in the NFL since 2001, wasn't that good when he did play, has tested positive for drugs several times, and just got cut by the Calgary Stampeders, that doesn't mean anything, does it?

I agree with Len that some team ought to sign Vinny Testaverde or Jeff Blake, but I think Jeff George is way past his prime, and Kordell Stewart never had a prime (at least not as a quarterback).

Elsewhere in the Tip Sheet we learn that National Football Scouting ranks Iowa linebacker Chad Greenway and Auburn offensive tackle Marcus McNeill ahead of Matt Leinart on its list of senior prospects, and Blesto calls Miami tackle Eric Winston the top senior. My personal choice for the best prospect in the country is Bowling Green junior quarterback Omar Jacobs.

Posted by: Michael David Smith on 24 Jun 2005

13 comments, Last at 27 Jun 2005, 11:52am by Scott de B.


by DNL (not verified) :: Fri, 06/24/2005 - 5:02pm

If I were the Falcons, I'd sign Slash -- and put him in the backfield. I really like the 2 QB set.

No, I'm not serious (unless some brilliant OC could make it work).

by jack (not verified) :: Fri, 06/24/2005 - 5:15pm

You have to feel for a guy who might actually have to use his college degree. What's this world coming to?

by White Rose Duelist (not verified) :: Fri, 06/24/2005 - 5:27pm


Vick and Stewart in the same backfield would be madness, but there's a not insignificant chance it could be successful madness. How are Mr. Mexico's hands? If either of them could take the snap, pass, run and catch on any given down, the defense would have a heck of a time figuring out what to do.

I'd imagine it would be the kind of offens that would score 3 or 38 points every game.

by Basilicus (not verified) :: Fri, 06/24/2005 - 8:21pm

I'd take Testaverde, Blake, George, or Stewart above a guy like Kurt Kittner, who only got a 67.4 rating in NFL Europe. And if the advantage of Kittner is that he's young and has potential, why cut a better and younger QB like Craig Krenzel to fit him on the squad. Sorry, just had a bone to pick.

by LnGrrrR (not verified) :: Sat, 06/25/2005 - 1:31am

What's sad? I was thinking about doing this in Madden '06 with Vick and McNabb...just for fun. It WOULD mean I'd get to create a LOT of plays...which is fun.

by mactbone (not verified) :: Sat, 06/25/2005 - 4:15am

I never thought I'd see a football article with "As is their wont."

I'm curious on where Pasquerelli got the idea for this article and chose Anderson in particular to write about. There are plenty of guys out of the league for similar reasons but maybe they don't want to come back or they can't say they've been clean as long.

by terry (not verified) :: Sat, 06/25/2005 - 12:47pm

rb's who is the better pick portis, d. davis, jones. dallas jones. lions. and what wr. chadjohnson. andre johnson, joe horn anquan bolden michael clayton Tampa. moving teams, buriss wr nyg, coles nyj, mason ravens, how do u like thanks 10 team league, i pick 6 or 7 who would u take between lee evans, ashley leile, keary colbert, roy williams, larry fittzgerald rank them for me thanks terry

by Björn (not verified) :: Sat, 06/25/2005 - 1:20pm

Jerry rice will have a big year. Take him with your # 1 pick.

Come on. Do your own research. It's more fun that way.

by Countertorque (not verified) :: Sat, 06/25/2005 - 7:37pm

I'd definitely take Deion Sanders over Rice, if you're playing with individual defensive players.

by Ryan Mc (not verified) :: Sun, 06/26/2005 - 6:37pm

Regarding the comment in the preamble about Kordell Stewart never having had a prime: what exactly happened with Stewart? The guy was awesome back in 1997, as the Steelers went 12-4 and hosted the Championship game in his first year as a starter. I thought he was a great young QB back then.

Then, after some rocky years, he regained the QB spot in 2001, and the Steelers went 13-3 and again hosted the Championship game. Even though they got upset by the Pats in that game, it seemed like the Steelers gave up on Stewart very quickly in 2002 (although they were, admittedly 0-2 and busy losing to the Browns in week 3 when they benched him)

Does anybody have a good analysis of why Stewart never made it as a star QB? He seemed to have great potential back in 1997 (and two championship game appearances as a QB has got to indicate some ability)

by Basilicus (not verified) :: Sun, 06/26/2005 - 9:45pm

I don't have a good analysis on why Kordell Stewart never made it, but I do remember back in 2001 there was actually some talk about him contending for the league MVP award. His stats that year: 266 completed of 442 attempts (60.2%) for 3,109 yards (7.0 ypa), 14 TDs, 11 INTs; 96 rushes for 537 yards and 5 TDs. Definitely better than Vick this year (who got 1 MVP vote), and I think Stewart did more to help his team that year than Vick did to help his this past year.

by Led (not verified) :: Mon, 06/27/2005 - 10:57am

I agree, Basilicus. And just to add further support: Stewart in 2001 was 9th in passing DPAR and 8th in passing DVOA. When factoring in his running, Stewart was 5th in QB DPAR, about the same total DPAR as Peyton Manning (55). Vick in 2004 was 37th in passing DPAR and 36th in passing DVOA. Factoring in his running, Vick had about the same total DPAR as Josh McCown (10.5).

I know he's exciting, but I still can't figure out why Vick gets so much hype. Atlanta was a better team this year, first and foremost, because the defense was much improved and, to a lesser extent, because Vick was better than Doug Johnson. Talk about damning with faint praise.

by Scott de B. (not verified) :: Mon, 06/27/2005 - 11:52am

"I do remember back in 2001 there was actually some talk about him contending for the league MVP award. "

He did win AFC MVP that year.