39.6 -- That's a quarterback's rating under the NFL system if all he would do is drop back all day...
39.6 -- That's a quarterback's rating under the NFL system if all he would do is drop back all day and throw the ball directly into the ground. A quarterback can do that 1,000 times -- go 0-for-1,000 with 0 yards -- and still, 39.6 it is.
Yet five starting quarterbacks had a rating lower than that yesterday: Derek Anderson (36.4), Marc Bulger (37.3), Matt Cassel (25.3), Josh Johnson (29.2) and JaMarcus Russell (31.1). All five of their teams lost.
Next week their offensive coordinators may want to call more passing plays in which the quarterback just drops back and throws the ball directly into the ground. Although maybe those were the calls Sunday, and these gentlemen just had trouble completing it to the grass.