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  1. The acting was still very on point, I think this was Dany's strongest season yet. Problem was the actors had to do the best they could with a terrible script. From season 5 I was watching more for the spectacle than the writing, but eventually it got to a point where I was just mad that I was so committed to it. The cinematography was typically on point (episode 3 of this season being a huge and jarring exception), it just felt like most of the characters had nothing to do in the last season because all of the subplots and intrigue peppered into this season just didn't end up mattering in a meaningful way. Ramin Djiwadi killed it though, get that man another Emmy.
  2. Basically D&D were given the answers out of the textbook, but when asked to show their work we got.... uh.... this.
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    Historical QB Rankings

    48. Andy Dalton (Cincinnati Bengals 2011-Current) 1st Place Bengals QB Career Record 62-47-2 (56.76%) 38th out of 102 Record in Games with Good Defense 49-15-0 (76.56%) 52nd out of 102 Record in Games with Bad Defense 13-32-2 (29.79%) 39th out of 102 Percentage of Games with Good Defense 64/111 (57.66%) 27th out of 102 (-21) Wins above Average in a 16 Game Season (0.608) (0.685 after 2018 Season) From a QB who ended his career in 2011 to a player who started his career in 2011... wait, hold on these are just the same guy. Like seriously, their splits in games with good defense and bad defense are almost exactly the same, the only difference is McNabb had Jim Johnson defenses for his entire career, Dalton has had a mix of guys who vary in greatness, but all in all he still tend to be well above the norm. Dalton was the second round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals and immediately meant to replace Carson Palmer. I mentioned this in Palmer's writeup, but Dalton was winning early so the Bengals had no reason to go back to Palmer. It is rare that a rookie starts so hot out of the gates, but Dalton was a proven winner in college (breaking Sammy Baugh's TCU record for wins in a season) and his success followed him to the pros. The Bengals went 9-7 in his rookie year and snuck into the playoffs as the 6th seed. Dalton was a solid but unspectacular passer, but wasn't prone to a lot of rookie mistakes which helped get the Bengals in the chase. It probably also helped extend Marvin Lewis' career longer than it should have been. Dalton ended up facing the Houston Texans in the playoffs, but was outmatched by the emergent J.J. Watt and a tough defense in a playoff battle of rookie QB's (T.J. Yates was starting due to injuries on Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart). Still, no one expected the Bengals to be in the playoffs after losing Carson Palmer. In any case, the precedent was set, and in 2012 the Bengals found themselves making the post season again. Dalton got a little bit more efficient with the ball in the redzone, took a few more chances, and the Bengals ended up 10-6, good enough for another wild card berth... and another date with the Houston Texans. Sadly for Dalton, the last verse is the same as the first, the Texans defense smothered Dalton and the Bengals lost 19-13. Andy Dalton kept improving his numbers, breaking Palmer's records for yards and TD's in a season, and the Bengals went 11-5 in his third year, and once again found themselves in the wild card round, but this time as the home team against the Chargers. Dalton was able to throw his first touchdown pass in the post season, but turned the ball over 5 times in the second half (2 INTs, a fumble and twice on downs) and lost 27-10. Dalton's reputation was established at this point, a decent regular season quarterback with a good arm and an amazing receiver to bail him out with a strong defense. He could do enough to get you to the dance, but he'd step on your toes once you got there. Still the Bengals felt like it was worth extending his contract so he got paid the big bucks. After all he was setting records and getting them to the playoffs, you can't hate that can you? Dalton responded by leading the Bengals to a 10-5-1 record, and their 4th playoff berth in 4 years. And once again, Dalton fell flat in the postseason, falling to the Indianapolis Colts 26-10, and once again failing to generate any meaningful offense. Bengals fans were starting to get sick of this but then 2015 rolled around and I know I had hope that things were different. After all, Dalton was smashing efficiency numbers across the board. He wasn't just middle of the pack for the modern era, he was playing like a downright beast. But good things were not meant to last in Cincinnati, the testament to Cleveland's failures. In week 14 he broke his thumb on the helmet of a Steelers defensive end, taking him out before he could play in the postseason that year. The Bengals of course made it, they were 10-2 with Dalton starting and AJ McCarron merely rode the wave to get into the postseason at 12-4. They met the Steelers in the wildcard round, and lost in one of the most hilarious collapses I've seen and probably what should have been the last straw in Marvin Lewis' career. It was not, and the Bengals haven't been to the playoffs since. Once again, Pittsburgh broke Cincinnati's hopes and dreams. Dalton was still playing at a high level in 2016, but the Bengals defense regressed with Mike Zimmer's legacy gone and they went 6-9-1 as a result, despite Dalton throwing for 4000+ yards and only 8 INT's on 563 passing attempts. And in 2017 it was more of the same, as the Bengals defense just wasn't up to the same standard while Dalton continued to play efficiently and put his team in the best situation he could. His biggest highlight of that season was not what he did for his own team, but what he did for the Buffalo Bills, leading a amazing comeback against the Ravens in week 17, and eliminating them from postseason contention with a 49 yard touchdown strike to Tyler Boyd in the last minute of the game. For a brief moment in history he was the most beloved player in Buffalo Bills history. That's where my data point cuts off, but in 2018 he improved his wins above average despite having a losing season because the Bengals have been that bad on defense recently. Which is why he should actually be a little higher on this list tentatively. 2019 offers new challenges for one of the youngest quarterbacks to qualify for this list. His long time coach has finally been axed and replaced with a young QB guru (supposedly). He's dealing with another injury to his throwing hand, and there are plenty of murmurs going around that his time in Cincinnati may be coming to a close far sooner than expected. However, if his career is truly parallel to Donovan McNabb's, then you all should keep an eye out for a surprise post season appearance from the Bengals. But that's just me speculating.
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    Historical QB Rankings

    49. Donovan McNabb (Philadelphia Eagles 1999-2009, Washington Redskins 2010, Minnesota Vikings 2011) 4th Place Eagles QB Career Record 105-67-1 (60.98%) 22nd out of 102 Record in Games with Good Defense 88-27-1 (76.29%) 53rd out of 102 Record in Games with Bad Defense 17-40-0 (29.82%) 38th out of 102 Percentage of Games with Good Defense 116/173 (67.05%) 5th out of 102 (-44) Wins above Average in a 16 Game Season (0.591) Let's take a trip down memory lane, the year is 1999, and the Eagles are the worst team in football. They just fired their head coach, and burned everything to the ground. They're sitting pretty at second overall because the Cleveland Browns came back into the league. Andy Reid, a young, trim and fresh faced offensive guru famous for working with Brett Favre really liked what he saw out of Donovan McNabb, and convinced ownership to make the move for the Syracuse product. In hindsight, this decision was brilliant and led to years of Eagles success. At the time, Donovan McNabb instantly became more hated than Santa Claus, Michael Irvin and Ivan Drago combined in the city of Philadelphia. That reputation, despite McNabb's best efforts would never leave him. When you talk about the McNabb era all Philly fans can do is sigh and wonder what if. You look at the record above and you see that it's sterling, winning over 60% of your games in the NFL is a hard task. Then you look at those defenses and you wonder how the hell did these guys only ever make the super bowl one time, and lose at that. The eyes go straight to the head coach, and the quarterback of that coach. McNabb wasn't asked to start right away, taking time to develop his game while the Eagles started to rebuild their team. He'd get some action in the 4th quarter early on because the Eagles were often out of games by then and it didn't matter what mistakes the rookie was going to make. He started 6 of the last 7 games of the season and steadily got better as he took his lumps and the Eagles finished out the season 5-11. Apparently that was just the thing he needed because McNabb broke out in his sophomore season as the undisputed starter of the Eagles. Combining his running and passing ability, McNabb led the team to an 11-5 record, running and passing for nearly 4000 yards and 27 TDs, and ended up finishing second in the MVP voting to Marshall Faulk. He won his first playoff game against the Tampa Bay Bucs, but fell short in the divisional round to the Giants and their stout defense. McNabb threw a pick 6 and was sacked 6 times in the loss, but the optimism was sky high in Philly. McNabb would again take the Eagles to an 11-5 record, throw and run for nearly 4000 yards and 27 TD's, and make the playoffs. They beat Tampa in the wild card round again, and they won in the divisional round against the Chicago Bears. However they came up against the Greatest Show on Turf in 2001, and couldn't match blows with them, falling 29-24. It was another step forward for a gritty Eagles squad who felt like they were just one step away. 2002 was looking like the year of the Eagles, they went 7-3 thanks to McNabb's prowess and Jim Johnson's stifling defense, but McNabb suffered a leg injury that would keep him out for the regular season. his backups were able to hold the fort down the stretch, but the Eagles defense did the heavy lifting taking the Eagles to a 12-4 record and Home Field Advantage. Wanting to play in the postseason, McNabb rushed his recovery in time for the divisional round and was able to throw effectively against the Falcons in a win. However the Bucs defense was just too much to handle for a McNabb without all of his tools, and a pick 6 sealed the NFC Championship for the upstart Buccaneers. The team started off slowly in 2003, losing their first two games (against the Bucs and Patriots), but after being called out by some white asshole McNabb caught on fire down the stretch winning 10 of the last 11 games of the season, leading the league in passer rating for the second half of the season and putting the Eagles back into the postseason once again as the big favorites. However, the Packers had them down 17-14 in the divisional round, on 4th and 26 from their own 26 yard line. It was looking like another disappointing season for the Eagles until McNabb makes a perfect pass to some guy nobody had ever heard of (as was often the case in philly) 28 yards down the field and kept the drive alive. That pass killed the Packers. McNabb continued the drive, got into field goal range to force overtime, and Brett Favre did the rest throwing a interception under duress to put the Eagles in range for an easy field goal. They felt like a team of destiny, but they were proven wrong. The Carolina Panthers came to town for the conference championship and McNabb fell flat against the smothering Carolina defense, once again losing 14-3. McNabb had made his reputation as a choker in the biggest games, and the doubters just kept getting louder. They knew they needed to make a change, and they needed to get Donovan a legitimate wide receiver. Todd Pinkston, James Thrash, Freddie Mitchell... none of those guys will be remembered for anything other than being the guys McNabb was forced to throw to during his title runs. So McNabb found a player who would be inexplicably tied to him for the rest of their days. The bombastic, showboating, physical freak known only as T.O. Terrell Owens gave the Eagles that last offensive piece, the guy who would drive the offense and take them past all of the smothering defenses that killed their title runs before. 2004 was their greatest shot at glory yet, and they ran with it. McNabb put up nearly 4000 yards and 31 TD's in the air alone, with Terrell being a large recipient of those increased numbers. The Eagles flew out to a 13-1 start, only losing the last two games of the season because they decided to rest their starters for the postseason. And why not, they had everything locked up by then and they weren't playing for a perfect season. Unfortunately, they had lost Owens to an ankle injury thanks to a dirty tackle by the Cowboys, so they had to win a few playoff games without Owens. They did, first handling the Vikings and fellow 1999 QB Daunte Culpepper and then taking out the Atlanta Falcons led by phenom Michael Vick. Both wins were in dominating fashion and the Eagles found themselves in the super bowl. Problem was, the Patriots were on the other side of the bracket, and they were going for 3 in 4 years. Conspiracy theorists believe the Patriots poisoned McNabb and that's why he was handled by them. Other believe spygate was the cause of their super bowl loss. I like to be realistic and notice trends. Donovan McNabb doesn't beat good defenses in the playoffs. And though the offensive output was magnified thanks to Terrell Owens' recovery from injury and amazing performance (I'd have voted him MVP even though the Eagles did lose), the Eagles fell short to the dynasty, and never got a chance to establish their own. The Eagles never reached that pinnacle again under McNabb. And while they would get their revenge against the Patriots, it wouldn't be in McNabb's time. the beautiful marriage of McNabb and Owens broke apart, and the dream died soon after that. McNabb suffered a hernia in 2005 putting him out for the season, and the Eagles with a losing record for the first time since his rookie season. In 2006 he tore his ACL, but Jeff Garcia was able to step up for the Eagles and take them to the playoffs after going on a bit of a run. McNabb was streaky and inconsistent in 2007, combining games with perfect passer ratings with games where he got sacked 12 times or connected with the receivers ankles more often than their hands. The Eagles went 8-8 and it felt like it was it for McNabb in Philly. However, 2008 gave him one more chance to shine, and despite streaky play, and being benched due to poor play for the first time in his career, he still put up 3900 yards, 25 TDs and snuck the Eagles into a wild card berth at 9-6-1. McNabb wasn't the same guy he was in the early 2000's, but that defense was still elite as they handled the Vikings and the Giants on the way to another NFC Championship. And McNabb stepped it up for this game, he probably had the best performance of his playoff career against the Cardinals. The Eagles were down 24-6 at halftime, but McNabb took the team on his back and got them right back into the game, up 25-24 with 11 minutes to go. The problem was, nobody had an answer for Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald that year. They drove down the field, got the game winning touchdown, and McNabb just could not connect with DeSean Jackson or Hank Baskett in the last minutes of the game. The Eagles lost another NFC Championship with McNabb, but this time it'd be hard pressed to put the blame solely on him. The Eagles made the playoffs one more time in 2009 with McNabb at the helm but two straight blowout losses to Dallas (week 16 and the wild card round) marked the last time McNabb would suit up for the Eagles. They would move on with Michael Vick, as McNabb was traded within the division to the Washington Redskins. McNabb's game fell off a cliff in a new environment, as he threw for more INT's than TD's in the first time in his career and ended up demoted to the third string for Rex freaking Grossman. He moved to Minnesota in 2011 as coach Frazier thought he still had some tread on the tires, but was benched for rookie Christian Ponder after a 1-5 start. Seeing the writing on the wall, after no one was willing to sign him, he officially retired in 2013. McNabb got to play under a legendary defensive coordinator. Jim Johnson's time as a defensive coordinator may have been short, but those defenses kept the Eagles in a lot of games, and a true great would have taken advantage of those moments far more often than McNabb did. That's not to say he wasn't an incredible player, but his consistency or lack there of always doomed the Eagles when it mattered the most. Sure, there were some unfortunate circumstances surrounding McNabb, getting sick for the super bowl, having his vaunted defense fold against Kurt Warner in a couple of NFC Championships, only having an elite level wide receiver for a single season, but the margin between great and elite is razor thin, and McNabb never crossed that line. He was a winner, he was a fighter, and he was able to adjust his game after blowing out his ACL, but on the biggest stages, against the absolute best, he would always fall short. And to think, the Eagles could have had Ricky Williams.
  5. I also enjoy 2 scoops of raisin Bran.
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    Historical QB Rankings

    50. Carson Palmer (Cincinnati Bengals 2003-2010, Oakland Raiders 2011-2012, Arizona Cardinals 2013-2017) 2nd Place Bengals QB, 5th Place Raiders QB and 2nd Place Cardinals QB Career Record 93-88-1 (51.37%) 58th out of 102 Record in Games with Good Defense 75-11-1 (86.78%) 13th out of 102 Record in Games with Bad Defense 18-77-0 (18.95%) 93rd out of 102 Percentage of Games with Good Defense 87/182 (47.80%) 70th out of 102 (+20) Wins above Average in a 16 Game Season (0.568) Let's kick off the new tier with a bang... I guess. We've got a lot of quarterbacks on this list, and a lot of quarterbacks taken first overall. Carson just happens to be one of those guys. His career took a lot of interesting twists and turns, and he didn't have the kind of run you'd expect from the typical first overall pick. Coming out of USC in 2003, Palmer was a hot commodity, the Trojans were developing a dynasty on the field under the tutelage of Pete Carroll, and Palmer was the first in the long line of highly drafted USC quarterbacks from that era. Palmer was also the best of those guys. One of the things that tends to help quarterbacks on this list is sitting out their rookie year, players tend to lose a lot when they're still learning the ropes, and considering how bad the Bengals were, Palmer would have lost a lot of games as a rookie, if not for Jon Kitna gratefully accepting that role. So by his sophomore season, Palmer was good and ready to get started. He took his lumps in his second season, but his passing numbers started to explode in november and december. However a knee sprain suffered against the Patriots ended his season early. If 2004 was a sign of what was to come, 2005 was when Palmer unleashed the dragon on the league, completing 67.8% of his passes, throwing 32 TDs to only 12 INTs, and leading the Bengals to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth for the first time since 1990. However the dreams and the promise of Carson Palmer died in the first round of the playoffs, as Kimo Van Oelhoffen rolled onto his knee and took him out of the game early in the first quarter. The Bengals went on to lose that game, and the recovery left Palmer a shell of what that potential could have been. He started every game in 2006 and 2007, and while the efficiency numbers were still there, the team had a propensity for making dumb mistakes at the worst times, vital throws fell just short, and intercpetions came at the most inopportune times as the Bengals tread water at .500. 2008 was a lot worse, as Palmer was dealing with nagging elbow soreness early in the season. It turns out that it was a torn ligament and he had been put on IR to recover from the damage, rather than risking Tommy John surgery to fix it. The Bengals went 0-4 in his starts, and naturally missed the playoffs once again. Palmer was shaky in 2009, but the Bengals did a lot of work to improve their defense, so taking a game manager role, Palmer was able to take the Bengals to a 10-6 record despite pedestrian numbers by his standard. However his shaky play could not get the Bengals past the first round, as they lost 24-14 to the the Jets. Palmer's struggles continued in 2010 as the defense took a giant step back. With another losing season under his belt, any goodwill that Palmer had earned with Bengals fans had been lost, and Palmer was starting to get sick of playing for the Bengals. So he proposed a trade, but the Bengals weren't biting so instead Palmer retired. Obviously that retirement didn't hold. The Bengals had drafted Palmer's successor in Andy Dalton, and after starting the season 6-2, they had no real reason to try and convince Palmer to come back. However, the Oakland Raiders came calling about Palmer's availability, since they had just lost their quarterback to an injury. Because of Palmer's relationship with then Raiders head coach Hue Jackson, the trade was easy to make as Palmer was happy, the Raiders were happy, and the Bengals grabbed a first and second round pick for the exchange, so they were happy. Palmer was immediately rushed into the starting spot and finished the season 4-5 after dealing with the growing pains of learning the new offense in just a few days. The Raiders just barely missed the playoffs on tiebreakers, because 8-8 was good enough to win the AFC West that year. 2012 ended up being a lot worse for the Raiders, as the team gave up on new head coach Dennis Allen, the defense was abysmal, and Carson couldn't outscore his opposition despite his best efforts. His season ended a little early due to the number of hits he took, and after a 4-11 season his time with the Raiders was done. However, every good play has three acts, and Palmer's saga wasn't quite finished yet. The Arizona Cardinals came calling, and the Raiders traded Palmer for a 6th round pick. He didn't disappoint, becoming the first player to throw for 4000 yards with three different franchises, and took the Cardinals to a 10-6 record, just narrowly missing the postseason. In 2014 he struggled with injuries, but was able to win all 6 games he started before he tore his ACL and was taken out for the season. The Cardinals made the postseason without him, but once again his team suffered a wild card loss without him playing. So 2015 was the year when everything came together. Palmer played the entire season, he put up a career high in yards, TD's, Yards per attempt, and passer rating, as the Cardinals steamrolled the competition on the way to a 13-3 record. He even won a playoff game against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, that went to overtime thanks to the opposition's heroics. However, the Cardinals and Palmer's dream season ended when faced up against the juggernaut Panthers, who had went 15-1 that year. They lost 49-15, Palmer threw 4 interceptions, and the rest is history. Palmer stuck out for a few more seasons, but his defense took a big step in 2016 as they fell below .500, and injuries shortened his 2017 campaign to 7 games. After the 2017 season ended, Palmer announced his retirement, and marked the end of a winding road. Palmer's career had a lot of promise, but it was always dashed by injury at the most inopportune times. We wonder what the Bengals would have looked like if Kimo never rolled up onto Palmer's leg, because he was incredibly explosive. Still despite all the setbacks, and all of the struggles, Palmer was a resilient dude, constantly battling back against adversity, and seeming to get better every time. His career went through a lot of ups and downs, and he dealt with worse defenses than the average guy, but he still managed to end up on the top 50 of this list because of his tenacity. Palmer's split were very divided. When his defense showed up, Palmer locked it down, nearly breaking into the top 10 out of everyone on this list. However, when his defense was absent, and it happened a lot, Palmer responded in kind, falling into the bottom 10 out of all QB's looked at. It only makes sense that he ends up near the middle of the list with splits like that. Palmer will probably be forgotten about by most fans in a few years, but there was a really fascinating career here and a real warning to other highly touted QB's named Carson who lost playoff runs due to injury.
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    Podcast Suggestions?

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  8. RazorStar

    NBA Conference Finals

    Golden State and Milwaukee should handle their series pretty easily. I'll give Portland a token victory, but they just match up poorly against the Warriors. Meanwhile Toronto always blows it to the biggest superstar in the East, and now that biggest superstar is Giannis. Milwaukee in 5, maybe in 6 if Toronto decides they don't just want to roll over and die. Pretty much everyone on the team outside of Kawhi has taken the playoffs off so... you know.
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    Historical QB Rankings

    51. Jake Delhomme (New Orleans Saints 1997-2002, Carolina Panthers 2003-2009, Cleveland Browns 2010, Houston Texans 2011) 2nd Place Panthers QB Career Record 62-45-0 (57.94%) 34th out of 102 Record in Games with Good Defense 48-18-0 (72.73%) 68th out of 102 Record in Games with Bad Defense 14-27-0 (34.15%) 22nd out of 102 Percentage of Games with Good Defense 66/107 (61.68%) 15th out of 102 (-36) Wins above Average in a 16 Game Season (0.483) Well that's it, the last of the average quarterbacks on my list. One Jake Delhomme, a QB so unworthy of notice that I'm not even going to say anything about him. Ok fine, that's not fair to the dude. Jake Delhomme's career took a rocky start, he was undrafted in 97, and ended up going to the Saints as a camp arm. Well, they liked enough of what they saw out of him to send him to NFL Europe for a few seasons, where he developed his game, and even won a championship in the developmental league. He ended up being the third string QB for the Saints from 2000 to 2002, but because he did so well in the preseason there was always a clamoring to get him onto the field. Eventually Delhomme decided that he had enough of being a backup and went to Carolina for a chance to compete. His chance came quickly, when Rodney Peete was pulled in halftime of the first game of the season. Delhomme led a 17 point comeback against the Jaguars, and his era had finally arrived in the NFL. Delhomme led 7 game winning drives throughout the season, and got the Panthers into the post season with an 11-5 record. They handled the Cowboys in the wild card round, beat the Rams in a thrilling double OT game ended by a 69 yard TD pass to Steve Smith, and choked out the Andy Reid Eagles in the conference championship in a 14-3 defensive struggle. However Delhomme could not keep the magic going against the New England Patriots in the super bowl, and his best chance at glory came short thanks to the legs of John Kasay, and Adam Vinatieri. The Panthers stayed competitive in Delhomme's time there, but had issues mustering consistent winning seasons due to a combination of injuries, poor coaching, and whatever the hell is in the water in Carolina. The Panthers would make the postseason a few more times, falling to the Seattle Seahawks in the Conference Championship in 2005, and to the Cardinals in the wild card in 2008 after Delhomme started to see age catch up with him. After seeing Delhomme play the worst game of his career against the Cardinals in 08, they decided to extend his contract for 5 years... needless to say that didn't go very well for them, as Delhomme went 4-7 in 2009, throwing 18 Interceptions to just 8 TDs, and the writing was on the wall. Delhomme was cut in the offseason, the Panthers drafted Jimmy Clausen (and Cam Newton the year after that), and Delhomme was left drifting in the breeze. Luckily when shit come down river, Cleveland is right there to pick it up. He spent a season as Cleveland's starter, before hitching a ride to Houston to end out his well traveled career. Delhomme greatly benefited from his coach's style of conservatism. John Fox never met a third down he didn't like to punt on, after all. His defenses were some of the better ones among all QB's on this list, and when the offense needed him to step up and make big plays, he was there a lot of the time, far more often than you'd remember from a guy who was basically just there to get it to Steve Smith. Though his time as a starter was very short, he made the most of his time in Carolina, and helped keep them in the competitor discussion far longer than they probably should have been. Dude was a perennial underdog, but he grinded in the league for years before finally finding a spot to make the best use of his talents. And all of that is worthy is respect. Coming up next: The Good Ones (QB's who average 0.5 - 1 Wins Per Season above Average)
  10. This was a much better battle episode than the one at winterfell. Better lighting helps of course, but having it just be a rout was glorious. Sure there were a few contrivances here and there, but the action was shot a lot tighter, and the dramatic moments had way more gravitas to them. Cleganebowl was fucking hype, Jamie and Cersei dying in each other's arms was poetic, and Arya's mad quest for revenge was dashed by one angry gorl and her drogon. What I'm really saying is, All hail Queen Sansa.
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    Historical QB Rankings

    52. Billy Kilmer* (San Francisco 49ers 1961-1966, New Orleans Saints 1967-1970, Washington Redskins 1971-1978) (Loses the first 5 years of career due to era cutoff) 4th Place Saints QB and 5th Place Redskins QB Career Record 63-53-3 (54.20%) 45th out of 102 Record in Games with Good Defense 50-10-1 (82.79%) 28th out of 102 Record in Games with Bad Defense 13-43-2 (24.14%) 72nd out of 102 Percentage of Games with Good Defense 61/119 (51.26%) 56th out of 102 (+4) Wins above Average in a 16 Game Season (0.476) From the relatively modern, to one of the oldest players to make it onto the list. Kilmer is one of the few players on this list whose career started before the merger, and his path to stardom was certainly an interesting one. He was drafted by both the AFL Chargers and the NFL 49ers, but decided to stick with the 49ers even though they had a QB entrenched as the starter anyway. He was primarily used as a running option during his time in San Francisco, as John Brodie was the main passer of the squad. But almost none of his time in San Francisco was relevant for the data on this list, so let's talk about when he moved onto the Saints, as a new member of the expansion franchise. He never quite got along in San Francisco, but New Orleans gave him a real opportunity to shine, though it took a while to make the most of it. He had to grind from the bottom of the depth chart to get into a starting role, but he managed to be the QB for the next four seasons. His record wasn't very good in his time there, but the Saints were an expansion team, and he did far better than his eventual successor, Archie Manning. The Saints went 11-28 under his tutelage, and see the writing on the wall, Kilmer demanded a trade, so he wouldn't be stuck behind one of the QBs in the 1971 draft class. The owners acquiesced, and Kilmer became a Redskin, where 10 years into his career, he finally broke out. He lead the Redskins to winning seasons for the next 6 years, although he struggled with injuries and was constantly splitting time with Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen early in his Redskins career. The big highlight of his career would be taking the Redskins to the super bowl in 1972, but unfortunately could not overcome the undefeated Dolphins that year. In what was a rare feat for a QB in the dead ball era, he never threw more interceptions than touchdowns during his time in Washington, but the Over the Hill Gang was always outmatched by the Cowboys and the Vikings of that era. Kilmer had a very long and eventful career, playing not only at the QB position, but runningback, receiver, and even got a few punts in here and there. He had a peculiar start, a peculiar throwing motion, but whatever was strange about him happened to work, as he nearly breaks into the top 50 on my list. Kilmer did his best work managing the game and playing efficiently, something that endeared him to hard nosed coach George Allen, and is probably the reason why he stuck around so long. In an era of haymakers and windups, Kilmer was precise and methodical. So he didn't have a great record in offensive shootouts, but he held his own in defensive struggles, and had one of the better records in those style of games.
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    Historical QB Rankings

    53. Marc Bulger (New Orleans Saints 2000, Atlanta Falcons 2000, St. Louis Rams 2000-2009, Baltimore Ravens 2010) 3rd Place Rams QB Career Record 41-51-0 (44.57%) 88th out of 102 Record in Games with Good Defense 26-7-0 (78.79%) 44th out of 102 Record in Games with Bad Defense 15-44-0 (25.42%) 63rd (T) out of 102 Percentage of Games with Good Defense 33/92 (35.87%) 101st out of 102 (+48) Wins above Average in a 16 Game Season (0.475) Bulger is an interesting QB, and one I was particularly keen on taking a closer look at when I started to do up this topic. Bulger is one of those guys who is often forgot about when you mention high quality quarterbacks, and from the way Bulger played early on, he was looking like one of the next great QB's in this league. The 2000 QB class is reviled for taking 6 guys above Tom Brady, but two of them were actually fairly good, even if they both suffered from injuries their entire career. Although Bulger's path was not nearly as streamlined as Brady's was. He was taken by the Saints in the 6th round, but between the free agent signing of Jeff Blake and Aaron Brooks breaking out, the Saints had no room for him. The Falcons were his next destination, but he only lasted a couple of weeks in camp before heading to St. Louis as a member of the practice squad. And he stayed there for all of 2000, but the Rams liked what they had in him, and kept him as an inactive 3rd QB for the entire 2001 season. In 2002 he got his opportunity after both Warner and Jaime Martin went out with injuries during a disgusting 0-5 start. Bulger took charge and won the next 5 games, bringing the Rams back into the playoff hunt after what should have been a lost season. But coach Mike Martz was committed to Warner, and went back to him once he was healthy enough to play. Predictably, the Rams lost their next three and declaring the season lost, the Rams put Bulger in to finish the season. He went 2-1 in his last 3 games, and the Rams had a new quarterback controversy. Warner had taken the Rams to the super bowl in two of the past four seasons, but Bulger won 8 out of his 9 games in the season. Well, coach Martz went with Kurt Warner once again to start the 2003 season, but after a rough loss to the Giants where Warner was concussed badly, he immediately changed course and rode out Marc Bulger, who had an incredible 2003 season, going 12-3 in the regular season, and put up a ton of big numbers (including a ton of big interceptions). Despite the great performance, the Rams were bounced in the divisional round in a heartbreaking double overtime loss to the Carolina Panthers where Bulger threw three interceptions. With Warner shipped to the Giants in 2004, the Rams were officially Bulger's team. but the collapse had been written on the wall, as the greatest show on turf was starting to dissolve due to injuries, and the best players on the Rams defense were moving to greener pastures while the youth movement failed to keep up. The Rams went 8-8 in 04, which was good enough for a wild-card berth that year, and they even upset the division winner Seahawks (who were also 8-8, blech) before losing in the divisional round again to the Falcons this time after Michael Vick put up a 40 burger on them. 2005 was where he started to suffer injuries, as his shoulder nagged him all year and he only played half the season, going 2-6 in his starts. 2006 was his best performance yet, as he put up 4300 yards, 24 TD's and only 8 INT's as he took the ailing Rams to a 8-8 record after a lot of effort. By this time Orlando Pace was a shell of himself, the defense was constantly giving up 30+ points a game, and the Rams had to struggle for wins. Needless to say, it was all downhill from there. After immediately getting a big contract, he slogged through injuries, threw more INT's than TDs and went 3-13. In 2008, he was benched for Trent Green, but after Scott Linehan was fired to let Jim Haslett become the head coach, Bulger became the starter once again. He went 2-13 as the Rams had allowed 23 or more points in 12 of 16 games that season. His completion percentage continued to plummet and it seemed clear that he was no longer the same player. He played one more season in 2009, but was placed on IR halfway through a disgusting 1-7 start, and that would be the last time he played football. He was released from the Rams in 2010, and signed as a backup on the Ravens for a season before finally calling it quits. Bulger had some incredible highs, but the team around him was just so bereft of talent that he only had two years to take advantage of what the Rams had built in that 1999 Greatest Show on Turf Season. Bulger comes onto this list with the second worst defenses out of all the players looked at, only Jeff Blake had worse teammates in that regard. And while Bulger had amazing weapons in Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce, and the tandem of Steven Jackson and Marshall Faulk, the defense was so miserable that wins were nearly impossible to come by. The offensive line wasn't the same either, as Bulger was ragdolled by opposing defenses. He ends up being one of those great what if stories, because there was a lot of potential there to be an all time great, but Bulger is just another flash in the pan, a piece of trivia for Rams fans to chuckle over as they remember the dark ages of their franchise.
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    Historical QB Rankings

    54. Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions 2009-Current) 1st Place Lions QB Career Record 60-67-0 (47.24%) 77th out of 102 Record in Games with Good Defense 38-15-0 (71.70%) 74th out of 102 Record in Games with Bad Defense 22-52-0 (29.73%) 40th out of 102 Percentage of Games with Good Defense 53/127 (41.73%) 88th out of 102 (+34) Wins above Average in a 16 Game Season (0.412) (0.169 after 2018 season) It's time for another active QB to finally make the list, and we're going with the main who dragged the Lions from being terrible, to being fringe playoff contenders. Well I say that, but they still haven't won a playoff game under Stafford's tenure, so it's more like they just make the postseason every now and again. The Lions were notoriously terrible going into Stafford's rookie year, the 08 Lions were the first team to go 0-16 in league history (a feat replicated by the Browns just 9 years later). So the Lions needed many pieces to rebuild, and they started with a franchise QB, going after the Georgia product Stafford. He went to the same high school as Bobby Layne, the same man who cursed the Lions to 50 years of being terrible. So it's neat how all of these things come full circle. Stafford is certainly the best Lions QB of the modern era, but early in his career you may have just wrote him off as another bust. He suffered shoulder and knee injuries in his rookie year and didn't finish the full season, going 2-8 in his 10 starts and throwing 20 interceptions. However there was one shining game against the Browns that season that gave Lions fans hope. In a shootout with Brady Quinn, Stafford came back onto the field after separating his shoulder and threw the game winning TD with no time left on the clock. That game was also shot on NFL Films here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rvIwyikbRU So there was a sliver of hope for Lions fans, but it wasn't realized in his second season, where his shoulder kept him from playing most of the season, letting veteran journeyman Shaun Hill do most of the work. But by 2011 Stafford had arrived, and to his credit has not missed a game since the 2010 season. Moving to a heavy focus on a deep passing offense, Stafford exploded, throwing for 5000 yards, 41 Touchdowns, and leading the Lions to a 10-6 record, Having a receiver like Calvin Johnson certainly didn't hurt in that regard. However, the Lions first taste of the postseason this century ended in failure, as Stafford could not outgun Drew Brees in a 45-28 loss. In 2012, Stafford threw the ball even more than he did in 2011, passing 727 times, but for less yards, only 20 TDs and throwing one more INT (17). The Lions went 4-12 that year and it was getting clear that Stafford just did not have a defense or a run game to work with. Stafford improved his efficiency numbers in 2013, but the defense and the run game were still as rough as ever and the Lions only went 7-9 after suffering a collapse in the second half of the season. With that performance Jim Schwartz was fired and the Lions were looking for a coach to turn Stafford and that offense into Gold. Jim Caldwell... was probably not the best guy for the job, but he did help Stafford become even more efficient, improving his completion percentage and lowering his high turnover rate down to about the league average. So in 2014, the Lions surged, going 11-5 as Stafford performed well in the clutch, leading 5 4th Quarter Comebacks, and had a decent backfield of Joique Bell and Reggie Bush to rely upon. However, the magic ended in the playoffs as the Lions blew a 20-10 lead to the Cowboys in the 4th quarter and there were some controversial calls that helped keep the Lions out of contention. Stafford probably had his most efficient season in 2015, completing 67.2% of his passes, throwing 32 TD's to only 13 INT's, but despite that the Lions went 7-9 and missed the playoffs. 2016 would probably be Stafford's magnum opus, the epitome of him putting his team on his back and carrying them. The Lions only went 9-7 that year, but Stafford lead 4th quarter comebacks in 8 of those games. The Lions went 9-4 in their first 13 games, but the magic ended quickly. Three straight losses ended the regular season, and a quick exit to the red hot Seahawks killed their surprising wild card appearance. Stafford came back with similar numbers in 2017, a 9-7 record, 4000+ passing yards, 29 TDs and 10 INT's, but the defense regressed and 9-7 just wasn't enough to sneak into the wild card round that year. That marked the end of the Caldwell era, and likely the end of Stafford's prime. Those are the numbers I have the data up to there, but his 2018 was rough under new coach Matt Patricia. Matt Pat follows in the long line of Patriot assistant coaches who never really learned how to coach. They try to emulate Belichick without understanding that you can't be a coach without being your own man. Didn't work for Mangini, Didn't work for McDaniels, and there is a long list of chumps to look back at and laugh at. Matt Pat may be the worst of the crew though. Between his general surliness, insistence on practicing in the snow (The Lions play indoors btw), and general my way or the highway attitude, he rubs basically everyone the wrong way, including the women he's abused. So yeah. You can see Stafford's Wins Above Average dropped a whole 0.25 games per season, and it seems likely that the trend will continue since the Lions lack a lot of talent compared to their division rivals. Stafford's real talents come from carrying his weak defenses, but he's always had weapons to facilitate shootouts. Between the hall of fame Calvin Johnson, and the excellent third down receiver in Golden Tate, he's always had a guy who can make it work. Kenny Golloday is supposed to be that guy now, but he'll need to make a big step up in his third season, or the Lions will need to dramatically shift their offensive philosophy to rely on Kerryon Johnson and the run game. Stafford has been putting the franchise on his back for 10 seasons now, but we're starting to see his back break, and the end of the Lions brief moment of success may be coming to an end.
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