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, I was able to ask Chris Pokorny of Dawgs By Nature a few questions on the state of the Browns.1. The Browns currently rank 4th in lowest rate of opponent drives ending in scores and 2nd in highest rate of opponent drives ending in turnovers – and they did that in games against Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees. Is this Browns defense legitimately elite, and who have the key difference-makers been in elevating them to this level so far?2. Have to ask it – when are we going to see Baker Mayfield? How good of a job has Tyrod Taylor done in holding him off?3. Jarvis Landry has been the clear-cut number one receiving option to this point. How well has he fit into the offense?4. How is Hue Jackson still the head coach of the Browns? Is there anything visible to the eyes of the fanbase that he does legitimately well that they can point to when trying to rationalize his keeping of the position?5. Having seen this team nearly beat two elite rosters in a row, where do you stand on their outlook for the rest of the season in terms of their W/L potential?6. How do you think the Browns match up against the Jets in particular? Have they shown enough for a home matchup against the Jets to be a game they should be expected to win? Week 9 of our season long tracking of Sam Darnold’s progress brings more backtracking, as Darnold played the worst game of his young career, with ample help from his center and his receivers Color Rush Brandon Copeland Jersey
, in the New York Jets’ loss against the Miami Dolphins. Darnold continues to slide down the lists as his rookie year is slowly sinking into the abyss. We’ll be taking a couple of weeks off in the series, just like Darnold, after this week’s installment.A few things to keep in mind. All rankings herein are limited to rookie quarterbacks with at least 250 passing attempts in their rookie seasons. Prior to the 2018 season there have been 72 rookie quarterbacks with 250 or more passing attempts in the post merger era. Rate stats (like completion %) reflect actual current numbers for Darnold. Counting stats (like touchdowns or yards) reflect prorated numbers for Darnold assuming he continues to perform at the same level all season. Let’s get to it. Below are a bunch of quarterback metrics, listing the all time rookie leaders for each and showing where Sam Darnold fits assuming he plays at the same level all season.YardsAndrew Luck4374Cam Newton4051Jameis Winston4042Carson Wentz3782Peyton Manning3739…10. Sam Darnold3438TouchdownsPeyton Manning26Russell Wilson26 (Tie 1)Andrew Luck23Dak Prescott23 (Tie 3)Jameis Winston 22 (Tie 5)Jim Kelly 22 (Tie 5)…9. Sam Darnold20 (Tie 9)InterceptionsPeyton Manning28Jim Zorn27Sam Darnold 25Terry Bradshaw24Jeff Komlo23Passer RatingDak Prescott104.9Robert Griffin III102.4Russell Wilson100Ben Roethlisberger98.1Dan Marino96…42. Sam Darnold68.3 Yards/AttemptBen Roethlisberger8.88Robert Griffin III8.14Dak Prescott7.99Russell Wilson7.93Matt Ryan7.93…29. Sam Darnold6.69Completion PercentageDak Prescott67.8Ben Roethlisberger66.4Robert Griffin III65.7Teddy Bridgewater64.4Russell Wilson 64.1…38. Sam Darnold55.0Touchdown PercentageDan Marino6.8Russell Wilson6.6Jim Plunkett5.8Ben Roethlisberger5.8 (Tie 3)Steve Bartkowski5.1Robert Griffin III 5.1 (Tie 5)Marcus Mariota5.1 (Tie 5)Jake Plummer5.1 (Tie 5)…16. Sam Darnold3.8 (Tie 24)Interception PercentageDak Prescott0.9Robert Griffin III1.3Nick Foles1.9Charlie Batch2.0Derek Carr2.0 (Tie 4)…56. Sam Darnold4.8As the season wears on Darnold has taken a slow slide down the rankings. The counting numbers are still fairly high, but the rate numbers are now mostly below average compared to rookies throughout NFL post merger history. To provide additional context Youth Jordan Jenkins Jersey
, we’ll see how Sam stacks up against the 40 qualifying rookie quarterbacks of the past 15 years. The game and its rules have changed so much that comparisons of quarterbacks from 50 years ago to quarterbacks of today are of limited value. Quarterbacks of the last 15 years make for a comparison much closer to apples to apples so to speak. Here is how Sam stacks up against rookie quarterbacks of the last 15 years:YardsAndrew Luck4374Cam Newton4051Jameis Winston4042Carson Wentz3782Dak Prescott3667…8. Sam Darnold3410TouchdownsRussell Wilson26 Andrew Luck23Dak Prescott23 (Tie 2)Jameis Winston 22 Cam Newton 21…7. Sam Darnold 20 (Tie 7)InterceptionsSam Darnold 25Deshone Kizer 22Geno Smith 21Matthew Stafford 20 (Tie 4)Mark Sanchez 20 (Tie 4)Passer RatingDak Prescott104.9Robert Griffin III102.4Russell Wilson100Ben Roethlisberger98.1Marcus Mariota91.5…29. Sam Darnold68.3 Yards/AttemptBen Roethlisberger8.88Robert Griffin III8.14Dak Prescott7.99Russell Wilson7.93Matt Ryan7.93…18. Sam Darnold6.69Completion PercentageDak Prescott67.8Ben Roethlisberger66.4Robert Griffin III65.7Teddy Bridgewater64.4Russell Wilson 64.1…28. Sam Darnold55.2Touchdown PercentageRussell Wilson6.6Ben Roethlisberger5.8 Robert Griffin III 5.1 (Tie 3)Marcus Mariota5.1 (Tie 3)Dak Prescott 5.0 …12. Sam Darnold3.8 (Tie 12)Interception PercentageDak Prescott0.9Robert Griffin III1.3Nick Foles1.9Derek Carr2.0 Mitchell Trubisky2.1…37. Sam Darnold4.8In comparison to his contemporary peers Darnold appears below average, in some cases near the bottom, in the rate stats, and above average in some of the counting stats.He is near the very bottom in interceptions, well below average in completion % Color Rush Avery Williamson Jersey
, below average in passer rating, and above average in yards and touchdowns. A real mixed bag for Darnold compared to his contemporary peersOne thing that may be a bit concerning is that Darnold ranks below league average this year in every major category, and in many categories at or near league worst. Although rookies often struggle, most of the rookies that go on to have excellent NFL careers manage to be at or above league average in at least one major statistical category in their rookie years. It’s not a foolproof standard, there have been exceptions Authentic Avery Williamson Jersey
, but if Darnold does not manage to at least make it to league average in at least one major statistical category by year end it is not a particularly good omen for his career. Still plenty of time for things to change. We’ll track these numbers throughout the year and see how this unfolds.