Looking at QB performances, forecasts

November, 28, 2011
11/28/11
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The AFC South saw some truly horrible quarterbacking Sunday.

In Jacksonville and Indianapolis, respectively, Blaine Gabbert and Curtis Painter had the sort of bad days we’ve become accustomed to as their teams lost.

Matt Hasselbeck struggled but found a big play at the end that helped the Titans win.

T.J. Yates really didn’t do much for Houston once he stepped in for Matt Leinart, who did well at not making mistakes and finding one big play before he got hurt.

Here’s a breakdown of AFC South quarterbacking Sunday, with QBR (and rank for the day) as well as passer rating.


Passer rating maxes out at 158.3; QBR goes to 100.

For a game, QBR can be interpreted as a percentile, so a score of 80 means a QB’s performance was better than 80 percent of all QB games.

McCown didn’t qualify for a QBR as he didn’t have 15 action plays.

Moving forward:
  • I fully expect Yates to start for Houston and struggled to understand the calls for a veteran with experience. If Donovan McNabb or Sage Rosenfels were any good, they’d be playing. (And either of those guys would have to be released and claimed to find their way to the Texans.) If Daunte Culpepper or even Brett Favre were any good, they’d be in the league. No, we don’t know about Yates; he’s young, inexperienced and has been a No. 3 until last week. But why so many of us have to jump to alternatives just because they are more familiar is hard for me to understand.
  • The Jaguars need to decide if they think Gabbert is best served by playing against San Diego on Monday night or if a week off might be more of a help. I expect him to start.
  • The Colts couldn’t be any worse with Dan Orlovsky at quarterback. Why not give him a shot?
  • Hasselbeck isn’t yielding to Jake Locker as long as Tennessee is in the hunt, and the Titans remain very much in the wild-card chase.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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