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Manning's upgrades for the Mile High city

March, 8, 2012
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports that the Denver Broncos are one of the 12 teams that has reached out to Peyton Manning.

Here are two reasons, using Next Level statistics, why Manning would be a significant upgrade over Tim Tebow.

Since the start of the 2008 season, 60 quarterbacks have attempted at least 200 passes that traveled less than 15 yards in the air. Denver’s Tim Tebow is 124-230 on such throws. That’s a completion percentage of 53.2, which ranks 59 out of 60 quarterbacks. (Only Derek Anderson has a lower percentage, 53.2.) Manning’s completion percentage of 74.4 is the best in the NFL.

And while there’s no doubt which QB is more mobile, Manning is quicker than Tebow in one important category. From 2008-10, Manning dropped back to pass against four or fewer pass rushers 1,399 times and was sacked just 21 times. Tebow, in 1,106 fewer drop backs, has been sacked 24 times.

One factor that might work against Manning is the Broncos have been better when they run the ball more than they throw it. With Kyle Orton the last two seasons, the Broncos dropped back to pass more than 65 percent of the time; however, they were just 6-15 in games started by Orton. In 2010-11, the Broncos were 8-6 with Tebow as their starting QB, throwing just over 46 percent of the time.

In 2010, Manning took every snap for the Colts, and he threw the ball 63.8 percent of the time.

Brady, McNabb under Center of Attention

November, 12, 2010
Our weekly look at quarterbacks who are under the center of attention:

Brady will look to use play action to help confuse the Pittsburgh Steelers defense, which will try to pressure him from all sides. Play action has been one of Brady's strong points this season. He has six touchdown passes and zero interceptions on attempts out of play action. That's as many touchdowns as he threw all of last season in 55 fewer attempts.

Donovan McNabb
For the second time this season, McNabb will face his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles, on Monday Night Football. In Week 4, McNabb completed just 8-of-19 passes for 125 yards with a touchdown and an interception, which was good for a 60.2 passer rating. Among qualifying quarterbacks this season (14 pass attempts per team game played), the NFL average passer rating is 85.9. McNabb has finished with a rating lower than the league average in seven games this season. That's tied for the most in the department with the Arizona Cardinals' Derek Anderson. Last year, McNabb had a total of six games with a rating that low or worse.

Cutler was only sacked once in Sunday's win over the Buffalo Bills in Toronto. In two games this season in which Cutler was sacked only once, he has five touchdown passes and no interceptions. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Cutler has been sacked at least once in each of his last 14 games played. The only quarterback with a longer active streak is former Chicago Bears quarterback Kyle Orton with 15.

Last week, Sanchez helped the New York Jets to a comeback victory over the Detroit Lions with a strong fourth quarter and overtime. He completed 10-of-18 passes for 144 yards from the fourth quarter on, his most pass attempts and yards he's ever thrown for in the fourth quarter and overtime. In fact, with 74 attempts in that situation, he's one shy of his total from all last season. The accuracy was a surprise because this season, Sanchez's 45.9 completion percentage in the fourth quarter and overtime is only better than Jimmy Clausen among quarterbacks with at least 40 attempts.