3 Research Notes for Matthew Stafford and related
2009.09.13  Stafford Among Worst for Rookie QB
The Lions' Matthew Stafford had by far the worst outing of any rookie quarterback starting his team's opener since 2002 when the league expanded to 32 teams.
Rookie Quarterbacks - Starting Team's Opener, Since 2002
Player TD-Int Passer Rtg Result
Matthew Stafford 0-3 27.4 L
Mark Sanchez 1-1 84.3 W
Matt Ryan 1-0 137.0 W
Joe Flacco 0-0 63.7 W
Kyle Orton 0-1 52.8 L
Kyle Boller 1-1 57.5 L
David Carr 2-1 78.8 W
2009.04.25  A Lot to Learn for No. 1 Overall QB
So what should Lions fans expect from Matthew Stafford? Well not much the first year. The last five quarterbacks taken No. 1 overall have not done much in their first season, each throwing more interceptions than touchdowns, with the exception of Carson Palmer who held a clipboard his entire rookie year.
Last 5 Quarterbacks Selected No. 1 Overall - In First Season
Player Team TD-Int
'07 JaMarcus Russell Raiders 2-4
'05 Alex Smith 49ers 1-11
'04 Eli Manning Chargers<< 6-9
'03 Carson Palmer Bengals DNP
'02 David Carr Texans 9-15
>> Traded to Giants on Draft Day
2009.04.22  Should Stafford Sign Before Draft?
Last 4 No. 1 Overall Picks - Signed Before NFL Draft
Year Player, Team Date
2008 Jake Long, MIA April 21
2006 Mario Williams, HOU April 28
2003 Carson Palmer, CIN April 25
2002 David Carr, HOU April 19
3 Research Notes for Matthew Stafford and related