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Thursday, September 30, 2010
Shotgun formation works in NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas

A recent survey, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information, says that the shotgun formation works for three out of four NFC South teams.

Brees
Brees
Looking at numbers from the first three games of the season, New Orleans’ Drew Brees easily has been the league’s most productive quarterback out of the shotgun formation. He has a league-best 125.4 passer rating while completing 53 of 67 passes (79.1 percent). He’s thrown six touchdowns and one interception out of the formation.

Atlanta’s Matt Ryan ranks fourth in the league with a 108.5 rating out of the formation and only Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are between Ryan and Brees. Ryan’s completed 31 of 49 passes (63.3 percent) out of the formation with five touchdowns and one interception.

Tampa Bay’s Josh Freeman also has been fairly effective out of the shotgun formation. He ranks No. 12 with an 87.7 passer rating. Carolina’s had mixed results with the formation while playing two quarterbacks so far. Matt Moore, who started the first two games, has a 104.8 passer rating in those situations and that puts him at No. 6 in the league.

But rookie Jimmy Clausen got his first start Sunday and didn’t have much success out of the shotgun formation, compiling a 55.6 rating.