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Want to be an NFL Coach? You’d Better be a Winner!!!

By Chris Malumphy

Think head coaching in the NFL is a tough, results oriented job? You may not have given consideration to how tough it actually is. Of the 31 currently filled spots (the 49ers position currently being vacant), only 7 coaches have lifetime losing records. Even more astounding, only three current head coaches have lifetime records that are more than two games below .500: the Redskins' Jay Gruden (21-26-1 overall and 8-7-1 in 2016), the Titans' Mike Mularkey (27-46 overall and 9-7 in 2016) and the Browns' Hue Jackson (9-23 overall and 1-15 in 2016).

Only Current NFL Head Coaches with Losing Lifetime Records
CoachTeamCurrent
Team
Tenure
WLTPct
Todd BowlesJets2015171800.486
Doug MarroneJaguars2016161800.471
Jay GrudenRedskins2014212610.448
Doug PedersonEagles20167900.438
Mike MularkeyTitans2016274600.370
Hue JacksonBrowns201692300.281
Anthony LynnChargers20170100.000

2017 Coaching Carousel
CoachLifetimeCurrent Team2016
WLTPctTenureTeamWLTPctWLTPct
Ben McAdoo11500.6882016Giants11500.68811500.688
Bill Belichick23711500.6732000Patriots2017100.73914200.875
Mike McCarthy1146110.6512006Packers1146110.65110600.625
Bruce Arians412210.6482013Cardinals412210.6487810.469
Mike Tomlin1035700.6442007Steelers1035700.64411500.688
Adam Gase10600.6252016Dolphins10600.62510600.625
Chuck Pagano493100.6132012Colts493100.6138800.500
Andy Reid17311410.6022013Chiefs432100.67212400.750
Dan Quinn191300.5942015Falcons191300.59411500.688
John Harbaugh855900.5902008Ravens855900.5908800.500
Pete Carroll1037210.5882010Seahawks704110.62910510.656
Sean Payton946600.5882006Saints946600.5887900.438
Bill O'Brien272100.5632014Texans272100.5639700.563
Dirk Koetter9700.5632016Buccaneers9700.5639700.563
Jason Garrett584600.5582010Cowboys584600.55813300.813
Ron Rivera534210.5572011Panthers534210.55761000.375
Jim Caldwell534300.5522014Lions272100.5639700.563
Mike Zimmer262200.5422014Vikings262200.5428800.500
Marvin Lewis11810330.5332003Bengals11810330.5336910.406
John Fox12811200.5332015Bears92300.28131300.188
Gary Kubiak827500.5222015Broncos211100.6569700.563
Jeff Fisher17316510.5122012Rams314510.4094900.308
Jack Del Rio878400.5092015Raiders191300.59412400.750
Todd Bowles171800.4862015Jets151700.46951100.313
Rex Ryan616600.4802015Bills151600.4847800.467
Doug Marrone161800.4712016Jaguars1100.5001100.500
Jay Gruden212610.4482014Redskins212610.4488710.531
Chip Kelly283500.444201649ers21400.12521400.125
Doug Pederson7900.4382016Eagles7900.4387900.438
Mike McCoy273700.4222013Chargers273700.42251100.313
Mike Mularkey274600.3702016Titans9700.5639700.563
Hue Jackson92300.2812016Browns11500.06311500.063
Gus Bradley144800.2262013Jaguars144800.22621200.143
Vance Joseph0000.0002017Broncos        
Sean McDermott0000.0002017Bills        
Sean McVay0000.0002017Rams        
Anthony Lynn0100.0002016Bills0100.0000100.000
2017Chargers        
John Fassel0300.0002016Rams0300.0000300.000

The Last Hurrah for Tom Brady? Watch a Master While There is Still a Chance

By Chris Malumphy

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is in the midst of one of his greatest seasons.

His fans should be sure to pay close attention to this year’s playoffs because it could well be his last hurrah. Patriots coach Bill Belichick may want to strongly consider doing whatever he can to ensure that backup Jimmy Garoppolo remains in the New England fold, even if the cost is prohibitive and he has to turn down the draft choice lucre that other teams are likely to offer in trades that could help him solidify other positions for years to come.

But why? Brady is at the top of his game and has talked about playing until he is 45, which means five or six more seasons. He is the ultimate competitor and he continues to carry a determined chip on his shoulder from being overlooked in college and during the football draft as well as for having aspersions cast upon him and his accomplishments by those who believe his success is mostly attributable to The Tuck, Deflategate and having played for the greatest coach of all-time. Brady remains driven to do more, to prove more. Voluntary retirement does not appear to be in his immediate plans.

Yet fans, whether of Brady or of just good football in general, and the Patriots’ organization should be very aware that it is most likely to be all downhill for Brady from hereon. If you want to see, savor and remember an athlete in top form, now may be the best time to take a last look at one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever have played the game. Unlike for the young Mick Jagger, time is not on his side, no it is not.

The fall for quarterbacks who play so well for so long is often notoriously steep. Two simple examples will suffice. In 2013 there was a young quarterback, at least in comparison to Brady’s current 39 years, named Peyton Manning who tossed a record setting 55 touchdown passes and compiled a 115.1 passing rating for the Denver Broncos at age 37. The following year Manning threw 39 touchdowns and had a 101.5 rating at age 38. He followed that up with just 9 touchdowns and a 67.9 rating in the 2015 season which ended in a glorious Super Bowl victory to which any of his athletic contributions were a distant afterthought as a Wade Phillips / Von Miller led defense stifled both the league and, in the most important game of the year, Most Valuable Player Cam Newton. In 2016, Manning was out of football just three seasons removed from one of the greatest passing seasons of all-time. By rights, if athletic production was all that counted, Manning probably was through earlier in 2015, nearly having lost his job to Brock Osweiler. Sure he had been injured, but he remained on the bench for several weeks after he told John Elway that he was ready to return to action. Elway thought otherwise and Manning would have been “Bledsoled” if Osweiler had been a better quarterback. Instead, Osweiler was unable take advantage of his opportunity, Manning returned as a “game manager” and us fans were provided the pleasure of hearing a once great quarterback shill for a pizza parlor at the conclusion of one of the greatest defensive efforts in Super Bowl history. The lesson to be learned from Peyton Manning is that the fall can be decisive. But even in that fall, although I can’t forgive one of the most highly compensated athletes of all time for his selfless shilling, Manning did indeed remain a great game manager. It was, however, pathetic to watch how much shorter his passes decreasingly became. The numbers do not do the decline justice: 8.3 per attempt in 2013, 7.9 in 2014, 6.8 in 2015.

My second example of what may be in store for Tom Brady as he approaches his 40th year comes from a bit further back. Those of us who were lucky enough to be around at the time interest in professional football began to explode might recall Y.A. Tittle. Tittle was in the midst of his fifth professional football when I was born. He was generally considered a good, perhaps underrated, quarterback on mediocre San Francisco teams. Following the retirement of Hall of Famer Otto Graham after the 1955 season, the New York Giants quickly became the toast of the NFL and dominated the Eastern Division finishing first in 1956, second in 1957 and first again in 1958 and 1959 under the leadership of quarterback Charlie Conerly and coach Jim Lee Howell. Then, in 1960, the unthinkable happened for the Giants and the city of New York. The team finished third with a record of 6–4–2. Howell was out as coach, retired. Conerly had led the team to a 5–1–1 record during the season but was already 39. George Shaw, who was a mere babe of 27, just wasn’t good enough to be accepted after going 1–3–1. The Giants traded for Tittle in a lopsided trade that presaged the Lou Brock / Milt Pappas swap that was to occur in another sport just a few years later. I was 9. Tittle had already played 13 years as a pro. During the upcoming 1961 season he would be 35. Tittle began a dominant run of regular season success that has rarely been matched by any but superstars. During the next three seasons he led the Giants to a 31–5–1 (.851) record. His backups, Charlie Conerly and Ralph Guglielmi, went 2–2 and 0–1, respectively, in his absence. (I can’t help myself from including that Guglielmi tossed a 99 yard touchdown pass for the Washington Redskins to Bobby Mitchell against the Cleveland Browns in the first game that I ever witnessed in person, a contest in which Jim Brown also scored on an 80 yard touchdown romp bouncing off nearly the entire Washington defense after an earlier 83 yard touchdown off a screen pass. Having seen that 1963 opening day game, there was little doubt that I would be a pro football and Cleveland Browns fan for life. But back to the point.)

Tittle raised the Giants passing game to another level and led the Giants to Eastern Conference titles in each of his first three seasons. In 1961 he was just getting started. In 1962, at age 36, he led the league with a record setting 33 touchdown passes breaking a mark previously set by Johnny Unitas. This was in the era when running the ball was the dominant strategy. If it hadn’t been for 1963 season that record would have gone unmatched for the next 19 years until the San Diego Chargers Dan Fouts of air Coryell fame also tossed 33 touchdowns in 1981. But Y.A. Title outdid himself in 1963 at age 37 by throwing 36 touchdowns, a record that lasted until Miami Dolphins Dan Marino’s great 1984 season, 21 years later.

Y.A. Tittle was at the top of his game. He had just finished seasons where he was 8–1–1, 12–2, 11–2. He had just set the record for touchdown passes, and then broken it again at ages 36 and 37. He was two years younger than Tom Brady is now. By the time he reached Tom Brady’s age he was out of football. Favored to win a fourth consecutive Eastern Conference title in 1964, the Giants finished 2–10–2. The team was 1–8–2 with Tittle behind center. Tittle retired, broken as a player. After having established touchdown passing records that would stand for two decades two seasons in a row, Tittle had barely been able to play one more year, a shell of his prior self, a victim of some devastating hits. This iconic photo shows what Tittle looked like near the end.

Bill Belichick has probably already given this some deep thought. He knows what it is like to replace a quarterback who was a star. After all, he “Bledsoled” Drew Bledsole when Brady proved he could handle the position. Belichick also jettisoned the diminished skills of Bernie Kosar at age 29 for Vinnie Testevarde when Cleveland fans still revered Kosar as an icon for getting them so close to the Super Bowl before falling to the Broncos in two AFC Championship games. Belichick knows the value of retaining a viable backup who can be trusted to guide a team through an entire season if necessary as Matt Cassel needed to in 2008 when Brady was injured or through parts of a season as happened earlier this year with Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brisset. When the time comes, Belichick is likely to be ready to make a quick, decisive change. He will not dawdle. I am not saying Tom Brady is finished. After all, he is currently playing strong and no one knows how the future will work out. It’s just that it is most likely that Tom Brady’s career will not last much longer despite his, our, or even Bill Belichick’s desire that he continue to play at this level forever, or at least until he turns 45. Anything can happen. Brady might decide that training camp or taking constant hits is no longer worth it. A knee or ankle can bend the wrong way. A rotator cuff can be torn. A suspension can be meted down for presumably letting go some “hot” air. A devastating hit due to a missed block or a billionth of a second delay in sensing the rush can lead to a concussion that slows things down and makes further injury ever more inevitable. Sometimes old age just creeps in and takes over.

Join me in appreciating Tom Brady while we can. He has not been, and will never be, my favorite player or quarterback. In fact, he has outplayed my personal favorites on so many occasions that I hold some sense of bitterness. But I, and I dare say you as well, are unlikely to witness another quarterback like Tom Brady for a long, long time.

Week 17 NFL Passing Statistics

By Chris Malumphy

Even though the Cowboys hope that he won't have to play this playoff season, they must be pleased to see his name near the top of the best quarterbacks for Week 17, albeit with just four attempts. Romo rejoined season long stalwarts Matt Ryan, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers on the list just like the quartet had done many times in past.

Although the 49ers continued their losing ways, Colin Kaepernick continued to finish strong. Kaepernick earned a 122.3 passer rating in the 49ers 23-25 loss to the Seahawks. It was the third game in a row in which Kapernick topped a 90.0 rating. It was also the second week in a row that he completed more than 70% of his passes. For the season, Kaepernick finished with a 90.4 rating with 16 touchdown passes and just four interceptions. He also gained 468 yards rushing. On the downside, he was sacked 36 times, 9.8% of his "dropbacks." Still, Kaepernick may have resuscitated his career, although he will have to do it with a new coach, either in San Francisco or elsewhere, now that Chip Kelly has been fired.

Kirk Cousins certainly didn't help his efforts to earn a long-term contract by playing poorly versus the Giants. The Redskins are now placed into a real quandary about how to respond to his contract demands. Cam Newton finished a down year with ratings of 44.5 and 51.2 in the Panthers' last two games, both losses.

Carson Wentz must have been happy to get another win under his belt even if it was against the Cowboys backups. In the game, Wentz had a passer rating of 93.7, the first time he topped 90 since Week 8. He finished the season at 79.3. Recall that teams need to have game day ratings of 90 or above to have a reasonable chance of winning.

Ryan Fitzpatrick finished his disappointing up-and-mostly-down season on a positive note with a 109.0 rating in a victory over the disorganized Bills. Landry Jones came home a winner while replacing Ben Roethlisberger, but his statistics don't reflect how difficult it was for the Steelers to beat the hapless, mistake-prone Browns in overtime. Sam Bradford finished his season with his 11th game in which he completed at least 70% of his passes. He had only one game under 60% all year, 58.5% in Week 7 versus the Eagles. Yet he only led the Vikings to a 7-8 record. Teammate Shaun Hill led the Vikings to victory in Week 1. Carson Palmer continued his hot streak of the past few weeks but it was way too late for the Cardinals who finished 7-8-1. Top draft pick Jared Goff led the Rams to a seventh consecutive defeat and has yet to win a game. Connor Cook finally got on the field for the Raiders, but it was not an ideal situation since he may now be called upon to start in the playoffs due to injuries to both Derek Carr and Matt McGloin.

2016 Week 17 Passing Statistics
NameTeamOppAttCPctYdsYds
Att
Yds
Comp
TDPct
TD
IntPct
Int
SacksYds
Lost
Pct
Sacked
RatingRush
Yds
Score
Matt RyanFalconsSaints362775.03319.212.3411.100.0182.7139.92W 38 - 32
Tony RomoCowboysEagles4375.0297.29.7125.000.0000.0134.40L 13 - 27
Tom BradyPatriotsDolphins332575.82768.411.039.100.0000.0130.46W 35 - 14
Aaron RodgersPackersLions392769.23007.711.1410.300.0152.5126.042W 31 - 24
Colin Kaepernick49ersSeahawks221777.32159.812.614.500.052418.5122.316L 23 - 25
Cameron MeredithBearsVikings11100.022.02.01100.000.0000.0118.70L 10 - 38
Sam BradfordVikingsBears332575.82507.610.039.113.0000.0114.524W 38 - 10
Alex SmithChiefsChargers282175.02649.412.627.113.6123.4112.821W 37 - 27
Ryan FitzpatrickJetsBills302066.72107.010.526.700.0183.2109.00W 30 - 10
Landry JonesSteelersBrowns372464.92777.511.538.112.74349.8103.10W 27 - 24
Andy DaltonBengalsRavens281864.32268.112.613.600.0183.4101.24W 27 - 10
Matthew StaffordLionsPackers412663.43478.513.324.912.42154.796.30L 24 - 31
Blake BortlesJaguarsColts392564.13017.712.012.600.02134.996.221L 20 - 24
Trevor SiemianBroncosRaiders271763.02067.612.127.413.7000.095.6-5W 24 - 6
Russell WilsonSeahawks49ers321959.42588.113.613.100.0163.095.64W 25 - 23
Carson WentzEaglesCowboys432762.82455.79.124.700.02134.493.713W 27 - 13
Matt MooreDolphinsPatriots342470.62056.08.525.912.9000.093.40L 14 - 35
Robert GriffinBrownsSteelers402972.52325.88.025.012.54269.192.932L 24 - 27
Andrew LuckColtsJaguars402460.03218.013.425.012.54319.191.817W 24 - 20
Carson PalmerCardinalsRams382052.62556.712.837.912.6132.689.30W 44 - 6
Trevone BoykinSeahawks49ers6466.7427.010.500.000.01514.386.87W 25 - 23
Drew BreesSaintsFalcons502958.03507.012.124.012.0293.884.60L 32 - 38
Connor CookRaidersBroncos211466.71507.110.714.814.8278.783.40L 6 - 24
Johnny HekkerRamsCardinals11100.044.04.000.000.0000.083.30L 6 - 44
Eli ManningGiantsRedskins271763.01806.710.600.000.0193.682.30W 19 - 10
Jared GoffRamsCardinals201365.01206.09.200.000.077225.981.20L 6 - 44
Brock OsweilerTexansTitans402152.52536.312.012.500.03207.080.51L 17 - 24
Philip RiversChargersChiefs382257.92697.112.225.325.3000.075.41L 27 - 37
Kirk CousinsRedskinsGiants352262.92878.213.012.925.744110.374.30L 10 - 19
Matt CasselTitansTexans261661.51505.89.413.813.841713.374.22W 24 - 17
Jameis WinstonBuccaneersPanthers352057.12025.810.112.912.93147.971.418W 17 - 16
Joe FlaccoRavensBengals493265.32675.48.300.012.03165.870.70L 10 - 27
Tom SavageTexansTitans8562.5253.15.000.000.011511.167.21L 17 - 24
Dak PrescottCowboysEagles8450.0374.69.200.000.0000.063.09L 13 - 27
Matt McGloinRaidersBroncos11654.5211.93.500.000.0000.060.00L 6 - 24
Matt BarkleyBearsVikings141071.41258.912.500.0214.3146.759.20L 10 - 38
EJ ManuelBillsJets20945.0864.39.600.000.02189.157.58L 10 - 30
David FalesBearsVikings5240.0224.411.000.000.01516.753.70L 10 - 38
Cam NewtonPanthersBuccaneers321856.22377.413.213.139.43308.651.26L 16 - 17
Cardale JonesBillsJets11654.5968.716.000.019.1128.346.0-1L 10 - 30
Antonio MorrisonColtsJaguars100.000.00.000.000.0000.039.60W 24 - 20
Shaun HillVikingsBears100.000.00.000.000.0000.039.6-3W 38 - 10
Jimmy GaroppoloPatriotsDolphins100.000.00.000.000.0000.039.60W 35 - 14
Ryan MallettRavensBengals2150.0126.012.000.0150.0000.029.20L 10 - 27
Mark SanchezCowboysEagles17952.9855.09.400.0211.832515.027.50L 13 - 27
Sean MannionRamsCardinals6350.0193.26.300.0116.7000.017.4-1L 6 - 44
Drew StantonCardinalsRams4250.082.04.000.0125.0000.016.70W 44 - 6
Pharoh CooperRamsCardinals100.000.00.000.01100.0000.00.00L 6 - 44

2017 NFL Coaching Carousel

By Chris Malumphy

Even before Black Monday, the 2017 NFL Coaching Carousel got off to a rousing start with six teams already looking for new head coaches. The Los Angeles Rams took the early lead by firing Jeff Fisher three weeks ago. Apparently, the Rams poor season was not necessarily all Fisher's fault since they haven't won since in three tries. Things don't look bright for interim coach John Fassel. Doug Marone replaced Gus Bradley in Jacksonville two weeks ago and won one and lost another, but with prior head coaching experience with the Bills, an offensive mindset that may help quarterback Blake Bortles, and an overall record of 16-18, Marone may have a chance to get the job full-time. Anthony Lynn replaced Rex Ryan for the last game of the Bills' season and it is uncertain whether the team's loss will affect his chances, but it was disheartening to lose to a Jets team led by Ryan Fitzpatrick who had a particularly poor season. In somewhat of a shocker, the Broncos' Gary Kubiak announced his retirement due to health reasons. Chip Kelly lasted only a year in San Francisco as the 49ers fired both him and General Manager Trent Baalke. And in San Diego, the Chargers jettisoned coach Mike McCoy after a disappointing 5-11 season in which their point differential was only a minus 13. The Lions at minus 12, the Buccaneers at minus 15 and the Texans at minus 49 each finished 9-7. Offensive gurus Josh McDaniels (Patriots) and Kyle Shanahan (Falcons), who are both headed to the playoffs, are among the strongest candidates to fill the vacancies. Saints coach Sean Payton may also be in play as his name has been associated with the Chargers anticipated move to Los Angeles.

2017 Coaching Carousel
CoachLifetimeCurrent Team2016
WLTPctTenureTeamWLTPctWLTPct
Ben McAdoo11500.6882016Giants11500.68811500.688
Bill Belichick23711500.6732000Patriots2017100.73914200.875
Mike McCarthy1146110.6512006Packers1146110.65110600.625
Bruce Arians412210.6482013Cardinals412210.6487810.469
Mike Tomlin1035700.6442007Steelers1035700.64411500.688
Adam Gase10600.6252016Dolphins10600.62510600.625
Chuck Pagano493100.6132012Colts493100.6138800.500
Andy Reid17311410.6022013Chiefs432100.67212400.750
Dan Quinn191300.5942015Falcons191300.59411500.688
John Harbaugh855900.5902008Ravens855900.5908800.500
Pete Carroll1037210.5882010Seahawks704110.62910510.656
Sean Payton946600.5882006Saints946600.5887900.438
Bill O'Brien272100.5632014Texans272100.5639700.563
Dirk Koetter9700.5632016Buccaneers9700.5639700.563
Jason Garrett584600.5582010Cowboys584600.55813300.813
Ron Rivera534210.5572011Panthers534210.55761000.375
Jim Caldwell534300.5522014Lions272100.5639700.563
Mike Zimmer262200.5422014Vikings262200.5428800.500
Marvin Lewis11810330.5332003Bengals11810330.5336910.406
John Fox12811200.5332015Bears92300.28131300.188
Gary Kubiak827500.5222015Broncos211100.6569700.563
Jeff Fisher17316510.5122012Rams314510.4094900.308
Jack Del Rio878400.5092015Raiders191300.59412400.750
Todd Bowles171800.4862015Jets151700.46951100.313
Rex Ryan616600.4802015Bills151600.4847800.467
Doug Marrone161800.4712016Jaguars1100.5001100.500
Jay Gruden212610.4482014Redskins212610.4488710.531
Chip Kelly283500.444201649ers21400.12521400.125
Doug Pederson7900.4382016Eagles7900.4387900.438
Mike McCoy273700.4222013Chargers273700.42251100.313
Mike Mularkey274600.3702016Titans9700.5639700.563
Hue Jackson92300.2812016Browns11500.06311500.063
Gus Bradley144800.2262013Jaguars144800.22621200.143
John Fassel0300.0002016Rams0300.0000300.000
Anthony Lynn0100.0002016Bills0100.0000100.000

2016 NFL Week 16 Passing Statistics: Tyrod Taylor Performs Well, but Not Good Enough

By Chris Malumphy

The Cowboys' Dak Prescott, Packers' Aaron Rodgers, Patriots' Tom Brady, Raiders' Derek Carr and Falcons' Matt Ryan lit things up and topped the game-day quarterback ratings during Week 16. Each of the quintet achieved a quarterback rating of over 120.0, helped put at least 33 point points on the board and led their teams to victory.

The Bills' Tyrod Taylor also played well with a passing rating of 118.4 helping Buffalo score 31 points against the Dolphins. But it was not enough as Miami scored 34 subsequently leading to the firing of coach Rex Ryan and his brother Rob as well as the benching of Taylor. The benching appears to be a calculated move to avoid having to pay millions of dollars in payouts if Taylor were injured during the last week of the season. On Twitter, @NFLResearch reported that seven Buffalo Bills quarterbacks have thrown at least 500 passes since 2000. Only Taylor has a winning record or a passer rating above 80.0. Taylor has an excellent TD/Int ratio. He is not great, but he is at least certainly in the middle of the pack of NFL starters. He would be an improvement for many teams, perhaps even a high flyer like the Kansas City Chiefs.

Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks Since 2000 with 500+ Attempts
NameRatingTD/IntW-L
Tyrod Taylor94.237-1215-14
Ryan Fitzpatrick79.880-6420-33
Rob Johnson79.717-143-11
Drew Bledsoe79.255-4323-25
EJ Manuel78.319-156-10
Trent Edwards76.825-2714-18
J.P. Losman75.633-3410-23

While there were several outstanding passing performances during Week 16, there were others that stank up the joint. Look at the completion percentages of these Week 16 efforts: the Jets' Ryan Fitzgerald, 38.1%; the Broncos' Trevor Siemian, 39.5%; the Panthers' Cam Newton, 41.9%; and the Rams' Jared Goff, 45.8%. Makes Tyrod Taylor look mighty good.

The Bears' Matt Barkley has been surprisingly productive, and has received several complimentary comments, after taking over for the injured Jay Cutler and Brian Hoyer. His performance has come out of nowhere. He threw just 49 passes in 2013, one in 2014 and none in 2015. In 2016, Barkley has surpassed 300 yards passing three times in five starts, tossing multiple touchdown passes on each of those occasions. He's completed at least 60% of his passes in each of the past four games. In his second start, he passed for only 192 yards but only needed to throw 18 times in an effort that was good enough to thrash the 49ers 26-6. He has only been sacked five times in 202 attempts, a truly excellent 2.4% that speaks well for the Bears' offensive line and Barkley's ability to get rid of the ball quickly. He has dueled the Lions' Matthew Stafford and the Packers' Aaron Rodgers and although the Bears lost both games, the margin of victory was only three points each time. But while Barkley has exceeded expectations in many regards, he has also shown that he is what we thought he was, a quarterback who is unlikely to be anything but a backup. Barkley has lost four of his five starts. Since beating the 49ers in Week 13 while having a passing rating of 97.5, his rating has declined each of the past three weeks. Barkley's biggest bugaboo is interceptions. He has thrown 12 in 202 attempts, a 5.9% clip. Eight of those interceptions have come in the past two games. He has multiple interceptions in three of his five starts and a fourth time in a mid-season mop up role. Barkley has surprised most of us by his productivity. But he has to protect the ball better if he wants to get any playing time in the future. If not, Week 17 may be his last start for a long time to come.

Passing Statistics by Year for Matt Barkley
Year
Week
OppAttCompPctYdsYds
Att
Yds
Comp
TDPct
TD
IntPct
Int
SackYds
Lost
Pct
Sacked
RateScore
2013   493061.23006.110.000.048.23245.844.6  
2014   100.000.0   00.000.0000.039.6  
2016   20211958.914867.412.584.0125.95392.470.3  
2016-07Packers15640.0815.413.500.0213.31106.318.3L 10 - 26
2016-12Titans542851.93165.911.335.623.7000.072.8L 21 - 27
2016-1349ers181161.119210.717.500.000.0185.397.5W 26 - 6
2016-14Lions322062.52126.610.613.100.0183.092.2L 17 - 20
2016-15Packers433069.83628.412.124.737.0182.381.7L 27 - 30
2016-16Redskins402460.03238.113.525.0512.5152.462.8L 21 - 41

How bad is the Browns offensive line? Even in victory, the Browns quarterbacks were sacked nearly 25% (9/37) of the time they dropped back to pass. The Browns have allowed 63 sacks through Week 16, over 40% more than the next worst offensive line (Buffalo, 43). Maybe letting tackle Mitchell Schwartz (Chiefs, 31) and Alex Mack (Falcons, 36) are missed. How important is a good offensive line? The five least sacked teams (Steelers, Raiders, Redskins, Giants, Patriots) have a combined record of 53-21-1 (.713) record, a bit better than the Browns' 1-14 (.067)

2016 Week 16 Passing Statistics
NameTeamOppAttCPctYdsYds
Att
Yds
Comp
TDPct
TD
IntPct
Int
SacksYds
Lost
Pct
Sacked
RatingRush
Yds
Score
Marqise LeeJaguarsTitans11100.02020.020.01100.000.0000.0158.30W 38 - 17
Dak PrescottCowboysLions201575.021210.614.1315.000.01114.8148.335W 42 - 21
Dez BryantCowboysLions11100.01010.010.01100.000.0000.0147.90W 42 - 21
Aaron RodgersPackersVikings382873.73479.112.4410.500.04399.5136.613W 38 - 25
Tom BradyPatriotsJets271763.02147.912.6311.100.0193.6124.60W 41 - 3
Derek CarrRaidersColts302066.72287.611.4310.000.0183.2122.68W 33 - 25
Matt RyanFalconsPanthers332781.82778.410.326.100.042110.8121.89W 33 - 16
Dontari PoeChiefsBroncos11100.022.02.01100.000.0000.0118.70W 33 - 10
Chase DanielEaglesGiants11100.01616.016.000.000.0000.0118.70W 24 - 19
Tyrod TaylorBillsDolphins392666.73298.412.737.700.02124.9118.460L 31 - 34
Russell WilsonSeahawksCardinals452964.43507.812.148.900.063711.8117.836L 31 - 34
Carson PalmerCardinalsSeahawks261661.528410.917.813.800.0183.7111.7-1W 34 - 31
Sam BradfordVikingsPackers503468.03827.611.236.000.04297.4110.65L 25 - 38
Drew BreesSaintsBuccaneers342367.62998.813.012.900.0255.6104.91W 31 - 24
Kirk CousinsRedskinsBears291862.12709.315.013.400.0000.0104.130W 41 - 21
Blake BortlesJaguarsTitans382668.43258.612.512.600.02145.0103.57W 38 - 17
Ben RoethlisbergerSteelersRavens332472.72798.511.639.126.1000.0103.0-1W 31 - 27
Colin Kaepernick49ersRams382873.72667.09.525.312.64139.599.215W 22 - 21
Matt McGloinRaidersColts3266.7299.714.500.000.0000.097.9-3W 33 - 25
Andrew LuckColtsRaiders291965.52889.915.226.926.9000.092.312L 25 - 33
Matt MooreDolphinsBills301653.32337.814.626.713.3000.087.2-1W 34 - 31
Robert GriffinBrownsChargers251768.01646.69.600.000.073721.986.142W 20 - 17
Alex SmithChiefsBroncos362569.42446.89.812.812.8000.085.946W 33 - 10
Jameis WinstonBuccaneersSaints352365.72777.912.025.725.72175.485.114L 24 - 31
Andy DaltonBengalsTexans412868.32686.59.612.412.43246.884.20L 10 - 12
Joe FlaccoRavensSteelers443068.22626.08.712.312.32164.381.80L 27 - 31
Tom SavageTexansBengals291862.11766.19.800.000.042112.179.111W 12 - 10
Philip RiversChargersBrowns462350.03227.014.024.312.2000.078.40L 17 - 20
Cody KesslerBrownsChargers3266.7113.75.500.000.021140.072.90W 20 - 17
Marcus MariotaTitansJaguars20840.0995.012.415.000.02129.172.73L 17 - 38
Carson WentzEaglesGiants241354.21526.311.714.214.2000.070.127W 24 - 19
Matt CasselTitansJaguars241354.21245.29.514.214.2164.065.30L 17 - 38
Matthew StaffordLionsCowboys462656.52605.710.000.012.24318.063.71L 21 - 42
Matt BarkleyBearsRedskins402460.03238.113.525.0512.5152.462.80L 21 - 41
Eli ManningGiantsEagles633860.33565.79.411.634.8000.061.30L 19 - 24
Jimmy GaroppoloPatriotsJets2150.063.06.000.000.0000.056.2-2W 41 - 3
Cam NewtonPanthersFalcons431841.91984.611.012.324.72154.444.536L 16 - 33
Trevor SiemianBroncosChiefs431739.51834.310.800.012.3000.043.10L 10 - 33
Larry FitzgeraldCardinalsSeahawks100.000.00.000.000.0000.039.60W 34 - 31
Brett HundleyPackersVikings100.000.00.000.000.0000.039.60W 38 - 25
Jared GoffRams49ers241145.8903.88.214.228.341214.335.14L 21 - 22
Ryan FitzpatrickJetsPatriots21838.11366.517.000.029.5000.021.23L 3 - 41
Bryce PettyJetsPatriots300.000.00.000.0133.32840.00.00L 3 - 41

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