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Monday, October 1, 2012
QBR ranks: Sticking with Russell Wilson

By Mike Sando

Russell Wilson
There are no changes planned in Seattle as Pete Carroll said he'll stick with Russell Wilson.

Russell Wilson will remain the Seattle Seahawks' starting quarterback whether or not backup Matt Flynn has a healthy enough throwing elbow to play.

That was the word Monday from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

Wilson was culpable to varying degrees in the three interceptions that helped doom Seattle to a 19-13 defeat at St. Louis in Week 4. The final one, thrown after Seattle had moved 45 yards on eight plays toward a potential winning score, resulted from tight end Anthony McCoy tripping before the ball arrived.

Sticking with Wilson for now is the right call, in my view. Among the reasons:
I'm sure others feel differently. A game at Carolina in Week 5 will tell us more.

With that, let's take a look at how NFC West passers graded out for Week 4 in relation to Total QBR, with NFL passer ratings in parenthesis as a reference point (thanks to ESPN Stats & Information for the charting info):
The chart below shows how quarterbacks from games involving NFC West teams fared in Total QBR for Week 4, provided they played enough to qualify for inclusion. Ryan Tannehill's performance for the Dolphins against Arizona came as the greatest surprise from Week 4 games involving NFC West teams. He generally handled the Cardinals' blitzes well, carrying the offense to a degree reflected by his QBR score (82.7 out of 100).

The column showing point above average reveals the "number of points contributed by a quarterback over the season, accounting for QBR and how much he plays, above the level of an average quarterback."