|Posted on April 10, 2017 at 8:15 PM|
At Purdue University, Akeem Shavers averaged 4.8 yards-per-carry, produced 1,818 yards from scrimmage and scored 16 touchdowns. In the 2013 offseason, he spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots. In the CFL, Shavers helped lead the Edmonton Eskimos to a Grey Cup championship. In this exclusive, Shavers shares his thoughts on his journey through Junior College, to NCAA Division I, to the NFL and to the CFL.
Ryan: Growing up, What running backs did you most admire?
Akeem: "I admired Ladainian Tomlinson and Reggie Bush as I was growing up. Their versatility and running style inspired me a lot."
Ryan: What was it like to transition from Independence Community College, to Tyler Junior College, to Purdue?
Akeem: "It was honestly in the plans, to work my way up to the D1 level. It was always a huge dream to play on one of the highest levels, coming from a small town, trying to prove to myself that I could do it."
Ryan: In 2013, you spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New England Patriots. What did you take away from that experience?
Akeem: "I learned a lot during my time with those two organizations. The most important things were how to take care of my body and how to really be a professional."
Ryan: How would you compare the feeling of earning MVP honors in the 2011 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl to scoring a touchdown and winning the 103rd Grey Cup with the Edmonton Eskimos?
Akeem: "I would say that they both were huge milestones for me. I believe that the being selected as the MVP of that bowl game was a huge honor after seeing some of the performances that we had that day."
Ryan: Any exciting ventures that you'd like to share with the fans?
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|Posted on January 3, 2017 at 1:45 AM|
Below are the QBS2 results, ranked by season, for Derek Carr's career.
Derek Carr Season Rankings
- 2016: 71.87 (8)
- 2015: 45.83 (18)
- 2014: 7.29 (28)
- Career average: 41.66
|Posted on January 2, 2017 at 8:55 PM|
Below are the QBS results, ranked by season, for Cam Newton's career.
Cam Newton Season Rankings
- 2015: 14.0
- 2012: 0.0
- 2013: 0.0
- 2014: 0.0
- 2016: -1.0
- 2011: -1.5
- Career total: 11.5
|Posted on December 31, 2016 at 11:55 AM|
1) If on-field performance is the measure, Matt Ryan should run away with 2016 NFL MVP honors.
If you follow Football Outsiders, and you should, you may have already caught Scott Kacsmar's fantastic breakdown of why Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is most deserving of 2016 NFL MVP honors. No quarterback since Aaron Rodgers in 2011 has finished a season with a 100.00 QBS2 (ranking No. 1 in passer rating, DVOA and QBR), a feat that Ryan can reach with one week left in the regular season. The lowest ranked scoring defense in NFL history to support an MVP quarterback was the 2013 Denver Broncos (22nd), backing Peyton Manning. Through Week 16, the Falcons rank 25th. Domination with bottom-feeding support on one half of the ball, vs. the hardest schedule of defenses any offense has seen this year could leave Ryan's 2016 amongst the best passing seasons ever.
2) Tom Brady is the ultimate silver/bronze medal winner, and that's an amazing accomplishment.
Brady's consistency, year in and year out, in spite of advancing age, is an incredible accomplishment. While I've never quite bought into the mythos of "Tom Brady the super-dietitian" (the same man who has spent 39 years avoiding a single sip of coffee to keep his body in supreme condition is the same man who sliced his thumb open digging out an obstruction from his cleat), his elite level of performance at this stage of his career is special. Brady would have a strong argument for MVP honors if not for Ryan's dominance, his team's 75% winning-percentage without him, Jimmy Garoppolo's 41.7% DVOA (vs. Brady's 30.9%) and the fact that he's missed 1/4 of the 2016 NFL season. Brady's performance ranks him amongst the best, but true to the long-standing theme of his career, he doesn't stand out as the best.
- 2nd in passer rating
- 2nd in Y/A
- 3rd in DVOA
- 3rd in QBR
- 4th in passing yards per-game
- 7th in completion-percentage
99% of all NFL quarterbacks would trade their careers for Brady's and as is true in the acting world, being an Oscar nominee is nothing to shrug your shoulders at. Using QBS2 to adjust for era, Brady's 82.45 career average stands amongst the best in NFL history. Perhaps more impressive is his 88.74 QBS2 Prime (the average of his ten best seasons). If Brady finishes 2016 with his current QBS2 mark of 94.79, his QBS2 Prime would increase to 90.41—ranking him below only Joe Montana (90.53) and Peyton Manning (96.93) amongst all qualified quarterbacks since 1937.
3) Drew Brees is closing in on a major single-season record, only nobody is talking about it.
In the history of professional football, only eight quarterbacks have completed 440 or more passes in a single-season. One quarterback, Peyton Manning, completed a then-record 450 passes in 2010 (his final season with the Indianapolis Colts). Former Denver Broncos quarterback, Peyton Manning, also completed 450 passes during his 2013 MVP campaign. The remaining six quarterbacks to reach this mark all have one thing in common.
Most Pass Completions (Single-Season)
- 1. 468 Drew Brees 2011
- 2. 456 Drew Brees 2014
- 3. 450 Peyton Manning 2013
- 3. 450 Peyton Manning 2010
- 5. 448 Drew Brees 2010
- 6. 446 Drew Brees 2013
- 7. 442 Drew Brees 2016
- 8. 440 Drew Brees 2007
At his current pace, Brees will finish the 2016 season with 471 pass completions, breaking the mark he set himself in 2011 (468). It would also leave him with the three highest single-season totals in NFL history. Imagine, Brees in his third best pass completion season will have completed more passes than any other quarterback, in any season, in all of NFL history. Brees is also on-pace to finish 2016 ranking No. 1 with 5,181 passing yards. If he eclipses the 5,000-yard mark again, that would leave Brees with five 5,000-yard passing seasons. The rest of the NFL, in all of NFL history, combined, has produced four 5,000-yard passing seasons (Marino in 1984, Brady in 2011, Stafford in 2011 and Manning in 2013). If Brees finished the 2016 season ranking No. 1 in passing yards, he will have accomplished this feat a record 7x. To put that into perspective, Dan Marino led the NFL in passing 5x, Peyton Manning 3x and Tom Brady 2x and Aaron Rodgers 0x, which brings me to my next topic.
4) There's a first time for everything and Aaron Rodgers may finally be No. 1.
Like Brady, Rodgers has often ranked highly amongst his peers. But in respects to touchdown passes, passing yards and completion-percentage, Rodgers has never ranked No. 1 in the NFL. Including 2016, he's been a starter for nine seasons, giving him a total of 27 opportunities to finish with a No. 1 ranking in any of those three categories. True, he missed 1-start in 2010, 1-start in 2011 and 7-starts in 2013, but he was only pacing a No. 1 ranked finish in one category (touchdown passes) during one of those seasons (2011). 2016 may be Rodgers' first time. Currently leading the NFL with 36 touchdown passes (to Drew Brees' 35, Matt Ryan's 34), Rodgers is on-pace to finish 2016 with 38.4 touchdown passes. That's a ton, although, lightyears short of Manning's 55 in 2013, a record many, including Manning himself, expected to be broken shortly after it was set. Rodgers' 2016 has been better than his 2015 season, but if you think a quarterback ranked 14th in Y/A is an MVP-candidate, you might want to look back above to topic-1.
|Posted on December 25, 2016 at 8:30 PM|
As a quarterback in the NFL, Gus Frerotte played in a total of 147 games over a span of 15 seasons. Starting for the Redskins, Lions, Broncos, Bengals, Vikings, Dolphins and Rams, he finished his career with more than 20,000 passing yards and over 100 touchdown passes. In this QBS exclusive, I talk with Gus about his accomplishments, his transition to coaching High School football and what he’s been up to since the time of his retirement following the 2008 NFL season.
Ryan: What do you miss most about playing in the NFL?
Gus: “Obviously I miss the excitement of playing the greatest game in the world! Moments like running through the tunnel, seeing the stadium packed and lining up to take the snap with my teammates are memories that I will always cherish. The bonds that are made on a team can never be broken. The exuberance that comes from designing a play, practicing that play and then executing it on the field for the winning score is unlike anything else I have ever done, besides getting married to my wife Ann and watching all three of my children be born (Abby, Gunnar and Gabe). The enjoyment of being around my buddies in the locker room is a feeling that will stay with me forever. Joy, sadness, laughter, crying, fights, you name it and we have experienced it together.”
Ryan: What was it like to transition from your role as a starting quarterback in the NFL, to a High School quarterback's coach, to a High School Head Coach?
Gus: “The transition is very hard. People may say it isn’t difficult but it is. I am very lucky to always have the support of my wife and kids. They keep me busy! Coaching was a real joy. I was able to stay involved in the game and pass on the knowledge that I acquired from coaches, peers and game experience. The language and techniques that were used in the NFL were much different than the language and techniques you have to use in High School. It is a great feeling to watch a group of young men come together and become a team and a loving family. In my opinion, developing that closeness and becoming a family is the only way you can achieve success.”
Ryan: I’m a stat's guy so I'll throw some numbers at you. Your 21,291 career passing yards exceed the career totals of Jim Zorn (21,115), Earl Morrall (20,809) and Daryle Lamonica (19,154). In 1996, your 3,453 passing yards were more than John Elway (3,328) and Troy Aikman (3,126). In 2003, your 118.1 passer rating (albeit, in two starts) was higher than Peyton Manning's (99.0), Brett Favre's (90.4) and Tom Brady's (85.9). But, I'm sure you already knew that, right?
Gus: “Wow a ton of names and numbers there. I am very proud to have played as long as I did. It is always an honor to see my name listed with some of the names you mentioned. I think I had over 120 starts as well.”
Ryan: You had to face the 2000 Ravens' defense, in Baltimore, in the postseason. What was that experience like?
Gus: “That was a very exciting, yet disappointing day. They were one of the best defenses ever assembled. You couldn’t run it because of their front seven and you couldn’t throw it because you had no time and they jumped every route. Plus, the wind was so intense that day. We knew that if we could score 14, we had a chance, but it never happened. If we could have played them in Denver it may have been different, but I doubt it. They became world Champions for a reason. They always found a way to win!”
Ryan: In 1999, you faced the eventual Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams, completing 75% of your passes for 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions in route to a 156.2 passer rating—and a 31-27 win. What do you remember about that game?
Gus: “The Rams offense was called The Greatest Show on Turf and we knew it would be a tough game. Our team that year was a hard-hitting, close knit team that had a ton of fight and we really trusted each other. I loved that team and enjoyed every moment I spent in that old Silverdome. I have so many memories from that place. Two plays I remember are both passes at the end of the game. I was just sacked three times in a row and it was 4th and 25, I think. We call ‘All Go’ and I can still remember the corner sitting flat footed and Germaine Crowell stepping on his toes and running by him. Needless to say, we picked up the first down on a forty, or so, yard play.
The next play, we called another pass and my line gave me great protection. I went through my reads and had to move a bit and then I found Johnny Morton on a broken route and threw it to the front pylon in the end zone and Johnny made a great catch and we scored a touchdown to take the lead. There was still enough time on the clock for the Rams to execute one last drive. We all knew that they were capable of scoring quickly. Our defense holds, we win the game and the people that were left in the stands go nuts.
After the game my wife and I go out to eat with friends, Kelly and Dave Hager, to our favorite place, The Rochester Chop House. I asked for a seat and the girl at the stand asked if we saw the end of the game tonight. I said “No, what happened?” and she told us how exciting it was and how this quarterback, whose name she couldn’t remember, was on fire and how he played his ass off. It was pretty funny and very humbling.”
Ryan: To those who might not be familiar, tell us a little bit about Brain Performance Monitors and what you're doing for www.rc21x.com?
Gus: “I am currently the VP, Brain performance initiatives at RC21X. RC21X is an advanced web-based tool that enables you to measure and monitor your brain performance. Named in honor of baseball legend and humanitarian Roberto Clemente, RC21X, the Thermometer for the BrainSM, features an engaging, simple, game-like platform that empowers people to proactively manage their brain health.
The tool delivers self-administered brain health checkups in about 12 minutes—either in a home or office setting. When warranted, sessions can also be supervised by a healthy adult or health care professional. On the standard session report, RC21X creates a Brain Performance Profile that is compared to what is normal for the user. RC21X can be used daily, weekly or monthly—depending on the user’s desire—as part of a brain wellness program.
I attached some info on our new app coming out at the end of the month. I love this tool for the simple reason that it can help everyone from 6 to 106. RC21X has given me opportunities to connect with old friends and make new ones. You can monitor every other function of your body, using one tool or another, and now, with RC21X you can monitor you brain.
I am also working with two other companies that I would like to mention. 4view, LLC is a technology company that develops miniature global shutter cameras, image stabilization and eye tracking systems. Our website is www.4view.com. I am working with another company called Rocksolid. We make softshell helmets and shoulder pads. Our website is www.liverocksolid.com”
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|Posted on October 10, 2016 at 7:10 PM|
Below is a list of the most total yardage, passing and rushing, regular season and postseason combined, in NFL history.
List updated as of 1/23/17.
- Peyton Manning: 79,980
- Brett Favre: 79,609
- Tom Brady: 71,267
- Drew Brees: 70,416
- Dan Marino: 65,959
|Posted on April 4, 2016 at 12:20 AM|
Below are the QBS2 results, ranked by season, for Mike Phipps' career.
Mike Phipps Season Rankings
- 1973: 46.15 (15)
- 1979: 42.85 (17)
- 1972: 34.61 (18)
- 1975: 23.07 (21)
- 1974: 11.53 (24)
- Career average: 31.64
|Posted on April 4, 2016 at 12:10 AM|
Below are the QBS2 results, ranked by season, for Kordell Stewart's career.
Kordell Stewart Season Rankings
- 2001: 66.12 (9)
- 1997: 40.00 (16)
- 2000: 16.12 (24)
- 1998: -5.00 (25)
- 2003: -17.18 (32)
- 1999: -20.96 (34)
- Career average: 13.18
|Posted on April 4, 2016 at 12:00 AM|
Below are the QBS2 results, ranked by season, for Pat Haden's career.
Pat Haden Season Rankings
- 1977: 92.85 (3)
- 1978: 50.00 (15)
- 1979: 35.71 (19)
- 1981: 21.42 (23)
- Career average: 49.99
|Posted on April 3, 2016 at 4:45 PM|
Below are the QBS2 results, ranked by season, for David Garrard's career.
David Garrard Season Rankings
- 2007: 94.79 (2)
- 2010: 52.08 (15)
- 2006: 46.87 (16)
- 2008: 46.87 (19)
- 2009: 40.62 (19)
- Career average: 56.24