Saturday, December 22, 2012
Someone's still searching for that first TD
By Mike Sando
Quarterback Ryan Lindley has played five games, made three starts and attempted 141 passes during his rookie season with the Arizona Cardinals.
One thing Lindley has not yet done: throw a touchdown pass.
The sixth-round draft choice has a chance to end the streak against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. No quarterback since at least 2001 has attempted more than 91 passes over a full season without connecting for a touchdown at least once, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
The chart shows Lindley and Pittsburgh's Byron Leftwich among 10 quarterbacks since 2001 with more than 50 attempts in a season and no touchdown passes.
Lindley has 141 attempts, including 120 in games he started. Ken Dorsey had 91 attempts for Cleveland in 2008 without a touchdown pass. Dorsey has the second-most attempts among the 10 scoreless players with more than 50 attempts in a season. Former Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart is also on the list. He had 77 attempts and no scores in 2009.