Hi! Let’s play another round of “Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics”.

Here we go…

Want to add a reason to re-examine the football future? Of course you do. Start here:

Check out these numbers, from Quarterback A and Quarterback B.

Quarterback A: 406 of 685 (59.3 percent), 4,426 Yds, 32 TDs, 23 INTs
Quarterback B: 329 of 604 (54.5 percent), 4,272 Yds, 26 TDs, 23 INTs

Quarterback A — with the more impressive totals — is Jimmy Clausen of Notre Dame.

Quarterback B?

I don’t know about you, but I saw this one coming a mile away.

The No. 1 pick in April’s NFL Draft, Georgia’s Matthew Stafford.

And it’s a fair comparison, because

… Clausen’s development is as real as Stafford’s when you consider surrounding talent compared to strength of schedule…

Uh hunh.  All that surrounding talent.  Georgia placed a whopping two players on the 2007 first team All-SEC football team, Moreno and Velasco.  That talent gap must come as a complete shock to Tom Lemming.

Now Sprow may be on to something when he mentions strength of schedule.  Young Master James faced exactly one top twenty team last season.  His passer rating in that contest?  A magnificent 47.48.

Throw in the fact that Georgia won twice as many games in Stafford’s first two years as did Notre Dame in Clausen’s, which means Jimmy was likely forced into a lot more passing situations than was Staff, and you’re not left with a whole lot to gleam from those stats.

Of course, I could be completely wrong about this.  Clausen, under the tutelage of the man with the Super Bowl rings, could be poised to surpass all of Stafford’s accomplishments as a junior (given Notre Dame’s schedule, that’s not as preposterous as it sounds) and then go on to sign the most lucrative rookie contract in the history of the NFL.  After all, the numbers don’t lie, right?

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4 responses to “Hi! Let’s play another round of “Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics”.

  1. Castleberry

    Interesting – they shouldn’t get too worked up about the stats. NFL guys see through that. You could do the same comparison with Gram Harrell, right? What is he up to these days?

    I hope you didn’t have to pay for the rest of that article.

    Mark

  2. 81Dog

    and what’s more, Jimmy Clausen can outperform Matt Stafford with one arm behind his back.

    Charlie Weis’s teams have been performing like they had their brains behind their collective back the last couple of years.

    I don’t get all the continued nay-saying about Stafford, but comparing him to Jimmy Freaking Clausen? Now that’s just wrong. I expect Jimmy to have a stellar pro career in whatever arena league comes below Arena Football 2.

  3. digidy dawg

    I used to like Notre Dame before “Himie” Clausen showed up at the college football hall of fame in a stretch lemo hummer to tell the nation that he was committing to ND. What a spectacle it was. He looked like he had stayed up all night individually spiking his hair strands for this moment. Wearing all his state championship rings on one hand promising 4 national championships at ND. He ran his mouth more at that press conference than his brother did the whole time at UT. Whoever believes this kid is a great QB is intoxicated with the “koolaide”, & needs to stop listening to the talking heads on ESPN. They would have you believe that he’s the second coming of Montana.

  4. grid_Fe

    LOL. Stafford was playing against the likes of Florida, LSU, Alabama, etc. Clausen was playing against the service academies. There’s just no comparison. Stafford has elite physical tools. Clausen does not. To even attempt to make a comparison between the two is laughable.