These two young quarterbacks have both played the same number of games — and have similar numbers (with respect to percentages). Can you name these players?
Quarterback A: 2008 completion percentage — 63.6%; Quarterback B: 2008 completion percentage — 59.1%
QB A: 2008 touchdown percentage — 5.2%; QB B: 2008 touchdown percentage — 6%
QB A: 2008 interception percentage — 2.4%; QB B: 2008 interception percentage — 1.3%
QB A: 2008 Yds per Attempt — 7.5; QB B: 2008 Yds per Attempt — 7.1
QB A: 2008 QB Rating — 93.8; QB B: 2008 QB Rating — 95.4
QB A: 2008 Most Rushes in a Game — 8; QB B: 2008 Most Rushes in a Game — 8
QB A: 2008 Most Rushing Yds in a Game — 36; QB B: 2008 Most Rushing Yards in a Game — 82
Quarterback A: 300-yard, 3-TD game at winless Detroit Lions.
Quarterback B: 4-TD game at eventual NFC champion Arizona Cardinals.
At the beginning of the season, based on these percentages, one would think that both of these quarterbacks would have jobs as starters for most teams in the NFL. Such was not the case — and in the case of Quarterback B, whose numbers so closely mirror those of Quarterback A, he not only did not have a job, but was widely considered unfit for the position.
Can you name these players?
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In looking beyond the statistics, it is clear that these two quarterbacks have traveled different paths. However, it is likely that at the conclusion of the 2009 season, their paths will begin to collide more frequently, and for the exact same reason.
When the pupil is ready, the teacher will appear.