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“So a couple of things jump out at us here. First, wow, is Brandon Weeden bad. The only thing he does better than the average QB is protect the football. It’s especially troubling that his TD% is so low, but I’ll come back to that in a second. The second thing that jumps out at me is how completely mediocre Brian Hoyer was. He was about as close to average as you can get. The reason this jumped out at me is that listening to some Browns fans you would think Hoyer obviously played great when clearly that wasn’t the case. If not for his game-winning drive I doubt anyone would seriously be considering him as a candidate to start next year. Obviously that drive counts for something, but how much stock you put into it will likely be a personal preference and isn’t a topic I really want to discuss here. The final Browns quarterback to start this season, Jason Campbell, has clearly been the best of the bunch. He is well above average in every category. Small sample size qualifiers apply for all of these guys, and it would be absolutely shocking if Campbell keeps up this level of play, but so far he’s been playing great. Before moving on I do want to make a couple of notes about the averages. I did not weight them at all, Matt Hasselbeck’s 66% completion percentage on three attempts counted just as much as Aaron Rogers’ over 251 attempts. This means the averages are extremely susceptible to outliers, especially those resulting from a small sample. Thankfully outliers are not really a problem with two exceptions: TD% and INT%. TD% is depressed quite a bit by quarterbacks who come in and throw three passes and never play again. They’re extremely unlikely to throw a TD, so I ended up with a lot of guys with a TD% of zero. Note that this means Weeden’s TD% is even worse than this comparison makes it look. Conversely, it turns out that low-volume QBs bring up the INT% quite a bit, due in no small part to Kirk Cousins and his 22.2 INT% on just nine attempts. These are the numbers that will see the biggest correction when viewing just the top 32 quarterbacks. So with that in mind, let’s see those averages.” [NotThatNoise/Dawgs by Nature]