Tell me who you like of these three quarterbacks:
Quarterback A has accounted for 29 touchdowns in two seasons versus 23 turnovers. He’s put up 2900 yards of offense in that time and guided his team to a division championship and a playoff win. In that win, he threw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another. His QB Rating is 75.1
Quarterback B also has two seasons under his belt. He has accounted for 21 touchdowns and 36 turnovers. He’s put up over 4000 yards of offense as a starter, but has yet to guide his team to a winning season, much less a playoff berth. His QB Rating is 70.2
Quarterback C has been in the league for five years, but after having two years starting, was traded by his original team and served as a backup there until injury forced him into the lineup. He has 45 touchdowns and 62 turnovers. He’s accounted for 9500 yards of offensive output, but he too has yet to see the playoffs as a quarterback. His quarterback rating is 74.9.
As you may have guessed by now, Quarterback A is the much-maligned Tim Tebow. Quarterbacks B and C are Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne respectively, in which the Jacksonville Jaguars have placed their hopes.
Over the past week or so, all we’ve heard from the national media is just how bad a quarterback Tim Tebow is and how no NFL team would even think of turning over their offense to him. Looking at the numbers, however, it would appear that at least Jacksonville could do a lot worse than employing Tim Tebow.
One statistic I didn’t put in the comparison was completion percentage. There is where Tebow struggles, completing only 47.9 per cent of his attempts. Gabbert isn’t much better at 53.8 per cent, and Henne’s percentage is a pedestrian 59.1 for his career. Obviously this is a number that has caught the eye of the media.
The question is this. Is completion percentage that important? Tebow has shown he can put the ball in the end zone, keep the ball out of the other team’s hands and most importantly win. He even put up 300 yards in the air against a pretty good Pittsburgh defense in the playoffs.
Could Tebow really do any worse than what the Jags already have?
By the way, the NFL’s all-time leader in completion percentage? Chad Pennington. Just sayin’.
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