So, this popped up on Twitter yesterday.
David Wunderlich breaks that down.
Really, though, there are two main paths when you look at the full list.
One is to be a four-year starter (or close to it) in a pass-oriented offense. Aaron Murray, Danny Wuerffel, Drew Lock, Leak, and Peyton Manning all fit this mold.
The other is to be at least a good enough passer while getting ten or more rushing touchdowns a year. Tebow, Prescott, and Fitzgerald fall in here, and that’s really where you see Mullen’s influence.
Most coaches don’t run their quarterbacks like Mullen or his mentor Urban Meyer do. If they do, then the quarterback in question is generally not a great passer. There are some notable exceptions, like Cam Newton and Nick Marshall for Gus Malzahn or Johnny Manziel for Kevin Sumlin, but these are exceptions and not the rule.
Longevity really does count here too.
That’s why Tagovailoa (96) and Burrow (91) came up just short. You know who else projects just short?
In 2018, Feleipe Franks racked up 24 passing and seven rushing for 31 total touchdowns. If Franks could’ve matched that count in his final two years of eligibility, he could combine his 91 touchdowns under Mullen with his nine from 2017 to surpass the century mark.
In other words, in terms of evaluating quarterback coaches, it’s one of those stats that means a lot less than it sounds.