The best QB to never start a SB?
Did some quick analysis and I will walk through the methodology for QBs since 1970:
1. The only way to compare how a QB truly performs is to compare him to the rest of the league in the years they played. To compare this pass happy era and rules to the 70’s with far fewer rules regulating defensive coverage and QB protection is foolish.
2. You can use many methods but I decided to create a category calls QBR+. This takes every player’s QBR per season (min 100 attempts) and compares it to the QBR of the league (for QB’s who attempted 100 passes) in the season played. Anything over 100 is above average, below 100 is below average, just like OPS+
3. I then sorted the list by number of years above average QBR, average QBR+ and then by seasons. I won’t make many judgments but Tony Romo fared extremely well. I removed any QB who has started a SB….you judge for yourself.
Dave Krieg 15 seasons, 11 over league average QBR, Avg QBR+ 106
Dan Fouts 15 seasons, 11 over league average QBR, Avg QBR+ 110
Mark Brunell 11 seasons, 10 over league average QBR, Avg QBR+ 106
Tony Romo 10 seasons, 9 over league average QBR, Avg QBR+ 114
Steve Beuerlein, 10 seasons, 8 over league average QBR, Avg QBR+ 104
Jeff Garcia 10 seasons, 10 over league average QBR, Avg QBR+ 109