NFL: Ball Control and Accuracy

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 20:  Quarterback JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders in action during the Raiders' 13-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs during the game at Arrowhead Stadium on September 20, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Jason GereContributor ISeptember 27, 2009

(Rochester, NY) Jay Cutler, Phillip Rivers, Joe Flacco, Carson Palmer and Chad Penington are all considered legitimate starting quarterbacks in the National Football League. The similarities do not stop there. All of them have thrown more interceptions the the Oakland Raiders starting quarterback JaMarcus Russell.

I am in no way insinuating that on that fact alone Russell is a better quarterback then any of those previously mentioned but the fact remains Jamarcus do not throw a lot of interceptions.

In 2008 out of 32 starting quarterbacks Russell was 24th in interceptions with only 8 thrown. That is one interception every two games.

Russell does have work to do but this is only his second full season as a starter, and has thrown far less interceptions Peyton Manning had at this point in his career. Would you rather see him throw for 400 yards and 3 interceptions and lose the game ala Jay Cutler circa 2008? Or would you prefer a quarterback who may not win you the game but he will not lose it for you either.

This is the NFL where you are playing against the best player in the world. If we had 300+ pound men chasing you in the office, we would not be able to be as effective at your job either.


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