January 31, 2007


How Does Grossman Rank Among the Worst Super Bowl QBs? (ALLEN BARRA, January 26, 2007, NY Sun)

Let's compare Grossman with the leading competition for Worst Super Bowl QB:

Joe Kapp, 1969, Minnesota Vikings. Kapp passed for just 1,706 yards but had a respectable 7.3 yards per throw and an okay TD-to-interception rate of 19-13. Kapp's Vikings got stuffed in the Super Bowl by Kansas City, 23-7.

Terry Bradshaw, 1974, Pittsburgh Steelers. Later, Bradshaw would develop into a great and one of the greatest of postseason quarterbacks. In 1974 he was dreadful, completing just 67 of 148 passes for 785 yards and a horrendous 5.3 YPP and 7 TDs against 8 interceptions. [...]

Craig Morton, 1977, Denver Broncos. The much-maligned Morton wasn't bad in '77, passing for 1,929 yards and a 7.6 average with 14 TDs and 8 INT. Lost to history is the fact that in '77, at least, Morton was as good a passer as his Cowboy opponent, the great Roger Staubach. But Staubach's Cowboys had the better defense and won 27-10.

Vince Ferragamo, 1979, Los Angeles Rams. Ferragamo's name has pretty much become a joke among NFL history buffs, and it's true he had just 5 TD passes to 10 interceptions that season, throwing for only 778 yards. [...]

David Woodley, 1982, Miami Dolphins. There's no getting around it: Woodley was one of the worst ever to make it to the big game, passing for only 1,080 yards with a dreadful 6.03 average and 5 TDs and 8 Ints. [...]

Drew Bledsoe, 1996, New England Patriots. One of Bill Parcells's great achievements was going to the Super Bowl with a quarterback as undistinguished as Drew Bledsoe, whose numbers are fairly similar to Rex Grossman's this year: 4,086 yards but a only 6.56 YPP average. [...]

Kerry Collins, 2000, New York Giants. Kerry Collins should just have gone out on the field with the word "Mediocre" stitched to the back of his uniform. [...]

Trent Dilfer, 2000, Baltimore Ravens. Truly the 2001 Super Bowl matched the two most perfectly ordinary quarterbacks in the game's history. Dilfer threw fewer passes than the Ravens other QB, Tony Banks, 225 to 274. But Dilfer had a better YPP, 6.7 to Banks' 5.8, so by the end of the season, he was Baltimore's starter. He wound up with a measly 12 TDs against 11 interceptions. [...]

Brad Johnson, 2002, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Like Dilfer, Johnson played QB for a team with a truly great defense. Unlike Dilfer, Johnson made some small contributions: 3,049 yards passing, 6.8 YPP, and, best of all, a TD-INT ratio of 22-6.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 31, 2007 8:04 PM

Da Bearsss 30

Indian-no-place 27

Posted by: bruno at January 31, 2007 9:23 PM

Didn't Roeshleberger have like a 30 rating in last years Super Bowl, becoming the worst rated QB to win a Super Bowl.

Given the unpredictebility of Grossman and the Colts D it is hard to make a prediction. But I wouldn't be surprised to see the Bears D shut down the Colts (like the Pats did for 1 half) leaving it up to Grossman not to blow it.

Posted by: AWW at January 31, 2007 10:22 PM

Terry Bradshaw hit bottom in training camp in 1974, when he was benched and Joe Gilliam started the season for the Steelers. By the fourth game, Gilliam was on the bench and Terry Hanratty was the starter. By game 11, Bradshaw was starting and was finally playing confident football.

Joe Kapp was a pretty good QB for a couple of seasons in MN. He could probably have played for the Viking defense (and he knocked a couple of linebackers out during collisions, as I remember).

Craig Morton played the worst game of any SB quarterback. He was benched for Norris Weese in the second half.

While YPP is a good measure, it doesn't take into account a team's offensive style. Without looking it up, I'd wager that Tom Brady's YPP is lower than a lot of QBs whose teams throw the ball downfield more often. Interesting that Barra didn't mention Jeff Hostetler, whose YPP had to be lower than some of the guys he did write about.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 31, 2007 10:53 PM

The Bears and Colts have been conspicuous in not abandoning the run this post-season.

Posted by: oj at January 31, 2007 10:57 PM

The Bears have the better running game and a mediocre passing attack. The Bears have a better defense and superb special teams. The Colts have excellent special teams and a poor defense.

Bears by 35.

Posted by: Ray Clutts at January 31, 2007 11:52 PM

Vinateri can barely kick-off to the twenty and the Bears have Hester.

Posted by: oj at February 1, 2007 12:26 AM

I want my punky QB and the SuperBear cha-cha.

They were magic.

Posted by: Sandy P at February 1, 2007 9:25 AM

How can you say Bledsoe was a bad qb in his SB year of 97??
He threw over 4000 yds and had 27 tds to 15 ints. Thats got to be one of the top performances.

Posted by: joe at February 1, 2007 2:49 PM