Blue Moon over Miami?
Long-term, this should force the Dolphins to concentrate on finding a better quarterback to use their obvious down-field weapons: Chris Chambers, Randy McMichael, and possibly David Boston if he stays in line.
Dr. Z goes on to list each NFL team's record for the past 10 years (except for Houston, and the "new" Cleveland Browns), how many players they drafted are still with the team, and how many of them are "regulars". Dr. Z then repeats this for the just the first-rounders. Finally, he lists how many Pro Bowl players each team found in the first 3 rounds, and how many players spent less than one year with the team (aptly named "flunks"). The list of "regulars" was somewhat subjective, since he included "important" role players but not players like Ryan Leaf, who started but were not successful.
How do the teams stack up, overall? The problem is that if you include the entire draft, the thing becomes too unwieldy, plus it will give a skewed picture. The all-important statistic of how many regulars came from those 10 drafts will always end up in an overload in favor of the bad teams, because they're more in need of help. There are more spots available for rookies.
So I tried to level the field by using only the top three rounds of the draft, the elite. Good and bad teams alike need a steady influx of these high choices, the lifeblood of their future.
I did some quick math to calculate their "average" season during that period:
Marino: 1639/2790 (58.7%), 20559 yd, 152/102 TD/Int
Elway: 1328/2431 (54.6), 16934 yd, 95/85
Montana: 1269/1982 (64.0), 15445 yd, 110/53
Simms: 1188/2129 (55.8), 15966 yd, 95/76
It's interesting to note that Tony Eason's 3 full, yet injury-plagued, seasons as the starting QB for the Patriots (1984-1986) stack up fairly well, especially when you consider that the Patriots in this era ran the ball much more than the Marino/Elway teams did:
Marino: 328/558 (58.7%), 4112 yd, 30/20 TD/Int
Elway: 266/486 (54.6%), 3387 yd, 19/17 TD/Int
Montana: 254/396 (64.0%), 3089 yd, 22/11 TD/Int
Simms: 238/426 (55.8%), 3199 yd, 19/15 TD/Int
Eason: 234/392 (59.7%), 2904 yd, 18/12 TD/Int (average season 84-86)
Playoffs: 42/ 72 (58.3%), 561 yd, 7/ 0 TD/Int (totals 85+86; QB Rating 115.6)
1984 1985 1986
Eason 93.4 67.5 89.2
Elway 76.8 70.2 79.0