Today's featured comment
Apparently, my new blog-friend JJ thinks I have time to do his homework for him, and he is right:
JJ's take: Hey Pete, someone mentioned that Flacco is doing no better than Boller during his rookie year or anytime. Can you wrestle up a comparison of the two stat wise at this point of their rookie seasons? Thanks.
Pete's reply: Of course, JJ, your wish is my command. I did a little Internet digging and came up with Kyle's day-by-day from his rookie season in 2003, and here are the statistical lines for both players:
Kyle Boller: 80 completions in 152 attempts for 845 yards and four touchdowns. He threw seven interceptions, fumbled seven times and lost three of the seven fumbles. He averaged 5.56 yards per pass and 141 yards passing per game.
Joe Flacco: 107 completions in 167 attempts for 1,076 yards and two touchdowns. He has thrown seven interceptions, fumbled six times and lost one of the six fumbles. He is averaging 6.44 yards per pass and 179 yards passing per game.
Conclusion: Both players won three of their first six starts. Boller (left) would win two of his next three games to go 5-4 as a starter before getting hurt and missing the next five weeks of the season. The overall numbers, I think, are inconclusive. I'd say they are statistically comparable through their first six starts.