NFC West: Bryan Anger
January, 1, 2013
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com
The 2012 season had to be especially tough for teams unable to acquire or develop competent quarterbacks.
While those teams were struggling, others enjoyed surprising levels of success with mere rookies behind center.
Washington's Robert Griffin III, Seattle's Russell Wilson and Indianapolis' Andrew Luck combined to go 31-16 as rookie starters this season.
Great expectations accompanied Griffin and Luck into the NFL has first-round draft choices. Wilson was as good or better than them despite his status as a third-round draft choice. I've posted their final 2012 stats in the chart at right, a resource as we consider candidates for offensive rookie of the year.
When the Jacksonville Jaguars fired their general manager Monday, I recalled that team's decision to draft a punter with the 70th overall pick. Seattle selected Wilson 75th.
Nothing against the 40.8-yard net average Bryan Anger posted for the Jaguars, but with Jacksonville quarterbacks Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert posting NFL passer ratings in the 70s while ranking 30th or worse in Total QBR, the team obviously could have used Wilson.