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How the NFC West QBs stack up statistically

It's interesting looking at the stats for these players. We have an seasoned vet with as much experience as the others combined and a rookie with as much or more experience than the other two "vets" who are career backups.

But in terms of Comp%, Average, TD/INT ratio and QB rating, they are all very similar.

It will be interesting to see who is able to make the biggest leap. The one with experience, young talent developing, or vets finally having a chance to start consistently?

All are essentially "new". Alex is on the same team, but learning a new system. Kolb and Jackson are on new teams. And Bradford is just in his second year and has a new OC.



CMP ATT YDS CMP% AVG TD LNG INT FUM RAT

Sam Bradford 354 590 3,512 60.0 5.95 18 49 15 6 76.5
Tavaris Jackson 354 603 3,984 58.7 6.61 24 71 22 10 76.6
Kevn Kolb 194 319 2,082 60.8 6.53 11 83 14 7 73.2
Alex Smith 864 1,514 9,399 57.1 6.21 51 75 53 28 72.1
stats do not matter, is all about wins and loses. you worry about stats when careers are over.
1. Bradford - Entering his second year, solid promising roookie season.
2. Kolb - After being coached up in Philly, and seeing that touch on his ball vs Oak, watch out!!
3. A. Smith - Has gotten quietly better the last couple season. Lets see if Harbaugh can put Alex COMPLETELY together.
4. T. Jackson - Looked rusty vs SD, has alot to prove after not seeing the field much since 08.
Originally posted by 49ersnum1:
1. Bradford - Entering his second year, solid promising roookie season.
2. Kolb - After being coached up in Philly, and seeing that touch on his ball vs Oak, watch out!!
3. A. Smith - Has gotten quietly better the last couple season. Lets see if Harbaugh can put Alex COMPLETELY together.
4. T. Jackson - Looked rusty vs SD, has alot to prove after not seeing the field much since 08.


good observation.
Alex Smith - Finally a decent offensive support cast while healthy and with much improved weapons (and OL perhaps?) = best of bunch
Sam Bradford - decent yet exaggerated rookie year... he'll be pretty good as long as he stays healthy though.
Kevin Kolb - grotesquely overrated, and only Fitzgerald can make him look better than he is behind that terrible OL pass pro.
Tavaris Jackson - probably will get overthrown by Clipboard Jeebus soon. T.J. has the vision and happy feet of Troy Smith.
Originally posted by oldman9er:
Alex Smith - Finally a decent offensive support cast while healthy and with much improved weapons (and OL perhaps?) = best of bunch
Sam Bradford - decent yet exaggerated rookie year... he'll be pretty good as long as he stays healthy though.
Kevin Kolb - grotesquely overrated, and only Fitzgerald can make him look better than he is behind that terrible OL pass pro.
Tavaris Jackson - probably will get overthrown by Clipboard Jeebus soon. T.J. has the vision and happy feet of Troy Smith.

Sorry but Bradford > Smith Bradford had nobody to throw to yet his rookie campaign looked better than all but 1 of Alex's seasons. Not sure what finally decent offensive support means, as Braylon Edwards was the only offensive weapon to be added. Vernon, Crabtree, Morgan, Gore, Walker were here last season and the season before.
Originally posted by Hollywood:
Originally posted by oldman9er:
Alex Smith - Finally a decent offensive support cast while healthy and with much improved weapons (and OL perhaps?) = best of bunch
Sam Bradford - decent yet exaggerated rookie year... he'll be pretty good as long as he stays healthy though.
Kevin Kolb - grotesquely overrated, and only Fitzgerald can make him look better than he is behind that terrible OL pass pro.
Tavaris Jackson - probably will get overthrown by Clipboard Jeebus soon. T.J. has the vision and happy feet of Troy Smith.

Sorry but Bradford > Smith Bradford had nobody to throw to yet his rookie campaign looked better than all but 1 of Alex's seasons. Not sure what finally decent offensive support means, as Braylon Edwards was the only offensive weapon to be added. Vernon, Crabtree, Morgan, Gore, Walker were here last season and the season before.

Your opinion is duly noted, but still just an opinion. Bradford obviously had a far better rookie season, but at this point, Alex is still the better QB, IMHO.
Originally posted by oldman9er:
Your opinion is duly noted, but still just an opinion. Bradford obviously had a far better rookie season, but at this point, Alex is still the better QB, IMHO.

Agree to disagree
It's just interesting to me to see how similar they all are in terms of what they have done in the NFL (statistically) and what situation they are in now.

Stats are all but identical. All are in new situations, one way or another. Two are first overall draft picks. Two are second rounders. Two were asked to start as rooks, two sat and learned and have spent most or all of their NFL career's as backups.

There is a reason to predict almost any of them will "break out".

Kolb, groomed by Reed, finally has a chance to start and has Fitz.

Bradford will make a leap in his second year and has more weapons.

Smith has Harbaugh, the most experienced and added Edwards.

Jackson is the most mobile and is hungry after being benched for Favre for two years and is working with Carrol.


When thinking about who is in the best position to succeed, or who has done the best so far, all are pretty similar on a lot of levels.

I'm certainly looking forward to seeing which of these guys take it to the next level and which ones revert to form.
Originally posted by TexasNiner:
It's just interesting to me to see how similar they all are in terms of what they have done in the NFL (statistically) and what situation they are in now.

Stats are all but identical. All are in new situations, one way or another. Two are first overall draft picks. Two are second rounders. Two were asked to start as rooks, two sat and learned and have spent most or all of their NFL career's as backups.

There is a reason to predict almost any of them will "break out".

Kolb, groomed by Reed, finally has a chance to start and has Fitz.

Bradford will make a leap in his second year and has more weapons.

Smith has Harbaugh, the most experienced and added Edwards.

Jackson is the most mobile and is hungry after being benched for Favre for two years and is working with Carrol.


When thinking about who is in the best position to succeed, or who has done the best so far, all are pretty similar on a lot of levels.

I'm certainly looking forward to seeing which of these guys take it to the next level and which ones revert to form.

I agree. I think the entire NFC West is deadlocked not only at the QB position but teams as a whole. All have new QB's, all are in a rebuilding process, all have made some moves to progress via FA's. Last season we were only 1 game out of the playoffs. I mean just look at the some other stats I've found.

Edit": Well nevermind I tried posting the stats on here and they didn't turn out like they showed on my pre-post. But here is the link. All 4 teams are pretty similar as to where they ranked in the league last season.

http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcwest/post/_/id/30658/where-nfc-west-teams-rank-2010
[ Edited by JiksJuicy on Aug 12, 2011 at 7:11 AM ]
Originally posted by Hollywood:
Originally posted by oldman9er:
Alex Smith - Finally a decent offensive support cast while healthy and with much improved weapons (and OL perhaps?) = best of bunch
Sam Bradford - decent yet exaggerated rookie year... he'll be pretty good as long as he stays healthy though.
Kevin Kolb - grotesquely overrated, and only Fitzgerald can make him look better than he is behind that terrible OL pass pro.
Tavaris Jackson - probably will get overthrown by Clipboard Jeebus soon. T.J. has the vision and happy feet of Troy Smith.

Sorry but Bradford > Smith Bradford had nobody to throw to yet his rookie campaign looked better than all but 1 of Alex's seasons. Not sure what finally decent offensive support means, as Braylon Edwards was the only offensive weapon to be added. Vernon, Crabtree, Morgan, Gore, Walker were here last season and the season before.

No need to argue with this guy. He has a history of not being able to look at Alex Objectivly.
When looking at stats, you have to keep QB rating in perspective. It's a pretty cut and dry statistic and also is considered outdated. There is much it does not account for and is not a great measure for any QB. It by no means should be an end all be all or a fallback excuse to rely on to say QB "A" is better than QB "B".
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Here is to hoping that Sam Bradford hits the sophomore slump!
Originally posted by D_Niner:
No need to argue with this guy. He has a history of not being able to look at Alex Objectivly.

Right, because a 6 season sample isn't enough to figure out what he is.
[ Edited by Hollywood on Aug 12, 2011 at 7:39 AM ]
Smith is the best qb in the division based on last year. Bradford has more potential, but we know how alex smith haters hate that word