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Why QB is so important

Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News writes his weekly newsletter and puts the spotlight on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and coach Jon Gruden’s mindset that “quarterbacks are the lifeblood of this league.”

Gosselin later breaks down statistics that reflect the importance of the position:

“The NFL’s 32 primary starters at quarterback last season won a combined 54.9 percent of their starts. But when teams were forced to go to their second, third and in some cases even fourth options at the quarterback position, they didn’t fare as well.

“Thirty-two backup quarterbacks in 2007 started a combined 141 games. They won only 55 times – a winning percentage of 39.0.”



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