BCEagleATLFalcon Posted December 16, 2008 Share Posted December 16, 2008 I thought this was pretty interesting. If you're talking about rookies who have actually started ALL regular season games, the Falcons DO have, without argument, the greatest rookie QB ever. I guess someone could attempt to argue for Manning, but of course you're going to have more yards and touchdowns than Ryan when you threw 28 interceptions.Rookie quarterbacks Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan are in rarified air04:37 AM CST on Tuesday, December 16, 2008• E-mailAs rookie starters in the NFL at quarterback, Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan are unique. Their success makes them even more unique. The two first-round draft picks were Day 1 starters for their respective teams this season – Flacco for the Baltimore Ravens and Ryan the Atlanta Falcons. They have each started 14 games and have their teams in wild-card playoff contention with 9-5 records. There have been 40 rookie quarterbacks who have been primary starters for NFL teams since the inception of the 16-game schedule in 1978. “Primary starter” is defined as a player who has started more than half of his team’s games. If Flacco and Ryan finish out the season as starters – and barring injury, they will – they would become the fourth and fifth rookie quarterbacks in NFL history to start all 16 games of a season, joining Rick Mirer at Seattle in 1993, Peyton Manning at Indianapolis in 1998 and David Carr at Houston in 2002. But Flacco and Ryan are the only quarterbacks in that fraternity to manage winning records as rookies. Here’s a look at how those 16-game starters fared and how Flacco and Ryan compare: Year QB, team Com-Att. % Yards TD-INT Record 1993 Rick Mirer, Sea 274-486 56.4 2,833 12-17 6-10 1998 Peyton Manning, Ind 326-575 56.7 3,739 26-28 3-13 2002 David Carr, Hou 233-444 52.5 2,592 9-15 4-12 2008 Matt Ryan, Atl 242-389 62.2 3,146 14-9 9-5 2008 Joe Flacco, Balt 223-380 58.7 2,525 13-12 9-5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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