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Thursday, October 13, 2011
Division QBs misfire in shotgun

By Jamison Hensley

Running the shotgun has resulted in a lot of blanks for AFC North quarterbacks. According to ESPN Stats & Information, none of the division quarterbacks rank in the top 14 in the league when throwing out of the shotgun formation.

The best in the shotgun has been the Browns' Colt McCoy, who ranks 15th in the NFL with a 81.6 quarterback rating. He has completed 62.8 percent of his passes for 493 yards. McCoy has thrown four touchdowns and two interceptions.

Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton has averaged the second-most passes out of the shotgun behind McCoy. He's completed 59.6 percent of his passes in this formation for 703 yards and a rating of 75.6.

Ben Roethlisberger has averaged the most passing yards per game in the shotgun (166.6), but the Steelers quarterback has struggled the most at times in it. He's thrown one touchdown and four interceptions for a 69.4 rating.

The most surprising production has come from the Ravens' Joe Flacco, who primarily workout of the shotgun in college. His quarterback rating of 65.1 ranks 30th in this formation.