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Perception vs. Statistics.

A lot of pundits are talking about the new era of mobile quarterbacks, and they mention the same names over and over. Aaron Rodgers. Cam Newton. Drew Brees.

Wait a second. Drew Brees? Sure, he moves very well in the pocket, but look at his career stats for rushing yards (numbers are by totals per year.

Drew Brees: 18, 130, 84, 85, 49, 32, 52, -1, 33, -3, 81

That's a lot lower than I expected. -1 for the year? in 2008? Well what about another mobile QB that everyone loves to hate. Surely his numbers would be a little better:

Big Ben: 144, 69, 98, 204, 101, 82, 176, 70

Better, but not what I expected. Now Aaron Rodgers has 207 316 356 257, which sounds like what I'd expect.

Now look at these numbers and guess the QB:

43, 110, 63, 28, 89, 102, 98, 0 (did not play), 44, 30, 109.

Did you guess Tom Brady? Isn't it strange how similar his numbers are to Brees and Big Ben? I would never have guessed ole' Tom ran that much. Early in his career PEYTON MANNING, the statue had over 100 yards rushing for the year for 3 years straight.

Make of this stat what you will. Cam, Vick and Aaron Rodgers (oh and some guy named Tim) run a lot. But even the 'statue qb's' seem to get as many yards as some of the guys we consider to be mobile.

Go Skins!

(side note: most rushing yards by one Rex Grossman in a year? 48. This year he is credited with 11 yards and .9 yards per attempt. Some perceptions are absolutely true.)

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