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Old 12-22-2015, 07:11 PM
 
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Is it even possible?

I know the same will be true for receivers. And from the other perspective, probably RBs.

A took a very quick look and saw that in the 2002 and 2003 seasons there was exactly one QB each the finished the season with a QB rating over 100, Chad Pennington (104) and McNair (100) respectively. Eight other QBs in those two years finished the season with a QB rating in the 90's. Eight. In two years.

Look at the QB rating stats as they are today entering week 16:

We have five QBs with ratings in the triple digits. And a whopping 15 more with ratings in the 90s.

I think clearly a 90 QB rating (low or high 90's) used to represent the cream of the crop QBs as recently as 15 years ago. Now obviously that number has moved up and I am wondering where too. Making it an even 100 seems to make the most sense and would be the easiest to comprehend.
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Old 12-23-2015, 04:25 AM
 
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It's clearly a passing league now with the rule changes. That means it's more important now than ever to have a good quarterback without one you really don't have much of a chance.
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Old 12-23-2015, 06:36 AM
 
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You can thank the Indianapolis Colts for crying to the NFL (and the fact that Bill Polian was on the competition committee) for changing rules to favor the offense. Case in point the illegal contact rule. After the Patriots beat up the Colts and their receivers in the 2003 AFC title game things started to change in that regard.
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Old 12-23-2015, 07:56 AM
 
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It's clearly a passing league now with the rule changes. That means it's more important now than ever to have a good quarterback without one you really don't have much of a chance.
I guess so, but even now, just okay QBs can look amazing.


Look at guys like Kirk Cousins and Tyrod Taylor this year. Or are they just okay QBs putting up very good numbers.
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Old 12-23-2015, 07:59 AM
 
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You can thank the Indianapolis Colts for crying to the NFL (and the fact that Bill Polian was on the competition committee) for changing rules to favor the offense. Case in point the illegal contact rule. After the Patriots beat up the Colts and their receivers in the 2003 AFC title game things started to change in that regard.
I agree. I think the rules to protect the QB in the pocket have helped a ton too. QB's used to get destroyed in the pocket a lot more. Now they have a confidence that they can hang in their longer and not take a bad beating.


I imagine the league views the higher scoring games and yardage totals as a good thing.


One thing it will probably lead to is viewing dominant defenses in today's game as on par with the all-time great defenses.
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