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Matt Ryan in Year 2: How does he compare to other QBs in their sophomore campaign?

11/5/09 in NFL   |   TheRoss   |   356 respect

The AJC put together a slideshow comparing Matt Ryan's second year to that of other QBs, past and present. A lot of people are concerned about his rough stretch the last month. I'm not one of those people, but I do understand the thought. So let's see the stats they compared him against, which is the comparing their first year versus their second years.

Let's see how they compare: 

MATT RYAN, Atlanta:
Stats for 2008 - Games: 16. TDs: 16. INT: 11. YDS: 3440.
Stats for 2009 - Games: 7. TDs: 12. INT: 9. YDS: 1649.

Joe Flacco, Baltimore
Stas for 2008 - Games: 16. TDs: 14. INT: 12. YDS: 2971.
Stats for 2009 - Games: 7. TDs: 12. INT: 5. YDS: 1849

DAN MARINO, Miami:
Stats for 1983 - Games: 11. TDs: 20. INT: 6. YDS: 2210.
Stats for 1984 - Games: 16. TDs: 48. INT: 17. YDS: 5084.

BEN ROETHLISBERGER, Pittsburgh:
Stats for 2004 - Games: 14. TDs: 17. INT: 11. YDS: 2621.
Stats for 2005 (Won Super Bowl) - Games: 12. TDs: 17. INT: 9. YDS: 2385.

BRETT FAVRE, Green Bay:
Stats for 1992 - Games: 15. TDs: 18. INT: 13. YDS: 3227.
Stats for 1993 - Games: 16. TDs: 19. INT: 24. YDS: 3303

JOHN ELWAY, Denver:
Stats for 1983 - Games: 11. TDs: 7. INT: 14. YDS: 1663.
Stats for 1984 - Games: 15. TDs: 18. INT: 15. YDS: 2598.

DREW BREES, San Diego:
Stats for 2002 (1st full season) - Games: 16. TDs: 17. INT: 16. YDS: 3284. Stats for 2003 - Games: 11. TDs: 11. INT: 15. YDS: 2108

JOE MONTANA, San Francisco:
Stats for 1980 (1st full year) - Games: 15. TDs: 15. INT: 9. YDS: 1795.
Stats for 1981 - Games: 16. TDs: 19. INT: 12. YDS: 3565

PEYTON MANNING, Indianapolis:
Stats for 1998 - Games: 16. TDs: 26. INT: 28. YDS: 3739.
Stats for 1999 - Games: 16. TDs: 26. INT: 15. YDS: 4135.

VINCE YOUNG, Tennessee:
Stats for 2006 - Games: 15. TDs: 12. INT: 13. YDS: 2199.
Stats for 2007 - Games: 15. TDs: 9. INT: 17. YDS: 2546


As you can see, Ryan compares equally or better to everyone on the list except for Marino and Manning. On his current pace, it looks like both his tds and ints will increase, and the yardage will probably be around the same. I think people are starting to panic a little early. Granted, he hasn't looked great lately, but he hasn't been Jamarcus Russell-eaque either. He has had a tough string of opponents, and defenses have a lot more tape on him now to study his tendencies.

What do you guys think about how he compares to everyone in the list, and are you concerned about his performance lately, and going forward?
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