Dunigan: Another look at the discrepancies at quarterback

Matt Dunigan
6/28/2012 11:27:24 PM
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Hey CFL fans and all you number crunchers, here's some more staggering number discrepancies (thanks to CFL on TSN statistician Jon Perlberg) between the starting QB's in the East (Grizzled Vets) and the starting QB's in the West (Young Guns).

Notice each QB's rushing totals, rushing touchdowns and fumbles. This is a stat I'd like to see more of when we compare QB's head-to-head when they compete against each other. I know and believe that this is a huge part of being productive at the QB position in our great game.

A QB needs to have the ability, willingness and desire to exploit defences in the CFL with his legs. You don't have to be the fastest or the most elusive guy on the field but you must be able to make plays with your feet. That's buying extra time in the pocket, extending a play, pulling the rock down for a critical first down or attacking the edge of a defence, keeping the end man on the line of scrimmage honest all the while opening up running lanes for your running backs.

Here we go...

East Division - Career Passing

QB Yards Completions TDs INTs
Calvillo 73,412* 5,444* 418* 205
Burris 41,235 2,908 257 154
Ray 40,531 3,225 210 130
Pierce 13,162 1,033 68 53
TOTALS 168,340 12,610 953 542

West Division - Career Passing

QB Yards Completions TDs INTs
Durant 14,679 1,107 74 63
Lulay 7,741 569 43 24
Jyles 5,319 412 31 29
Tate 1,945 154 15 5
TOTALS 29,684 2,242 163 121

East Division - Career Rushing

QB Yards TDs Fumbles
Calvillo 3,507 32 88
Burris 4,392 55 91
Ray 2,662 36 83
Pierce 1,576 13 13
TOTALS 12,137 136 275

West Division - Career Rushing

QB Yards TDs Fumbles
Durant 1,724 13 29
Lulay 920 6 9
Jyles 1,184 13 15
Tate 358 9 2
TOTALS 4,186 41 55
*CFL record

The starting QB's in the East have thrown for 138,656 more combined yards than their West counterparts. That's nearly 127 km!

It doesn't hurt that the East has three of only nine QB's in CFL history to pass for over 40,000 yards, including #1 all-time in Anthony Calvillo with over 67 km passing alone! That is followed up by #7 Henry Burris and #9 Ricky Ray.

On top of the vast differential in passing yards, the East has 10,368 more completions, 790 more TD passes, 421 more INTs. They also have 7,951 more rushing yards, 95 more rushing TD's and 220 more fumbles!

These are just some more crazy facts that highlight the discrepancies between the starting QB's in the East and West; something I have not seen in all my years associated with this great game of ours!

2012 is going to be a boatload of fun! Stay tuned for another angle on the East vs. West arms race.

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