Miami Dolphins’ QB Ryan Tannehill is typically not included in the list of today’s top quarterbacks. Last Sunday, however, Tannehill wrote his name in the record book with some elite QB’s with a performance that led the Dolphins to a 44-26 win over Houston.
Here’s a few stats from that game that you may not know about Tannehill’s eye-opening numbers. He was 18-for-19 for 282 yards, four TD passes, and a perfect 158.3 Quarterback Rating (QBR).
- For QBs with a minimum of 15 passes attempted (going back to 1960), Tannehill joined current Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith with a pass completion percentage of 94.7, the best in NFL history. Kurt Warner is the only QB since 1960 to have a 100% completion rate in a game with the minimum of 10 pass attempts. He did it in December, 2005 as a member of the Arizona Cardinals in a 30-19 loss to Houston.
- Tannehill became the 13th QB since 1960 to have a 90% completion rate in a game (min. 15 pass attempts). The last QB was Tony Romo in 2014 when he was 18-for-20 (90%) in a game. Steve Young is the only QB to complete 90% of his passes in a game twice in his career (since 1960 with 15 pass attempts).
- Tannehill became only the second QB in history to have four TD passes, over 250 yards passing, and a pass completion rate of 90% or better in a game. Craig Morton did it in 1981 as a member of the Denver Broncos. He was 17-for-18 with 308 yards passing and four TD passes.
- Tannehill became the 35th QB since 1960 to have a perfect 158. 3 QBR in a game. Peyton Manning and Kurt Warner each did it three times in their careers; Tom Brady, Craig Morton and Ben Roethlisberger did it twice. Teams with quarterbacks who had a 158.3 QBR in a game (since 1960 with a minimum of 15 pass attempts) are 41-1 in those games.
- Tannehill became the first Miami QB to have a perfect 158.3 QBR in a game. Jay Fielder did have the highest QBR in Dolphins history at 156; he did it in a game in November 2003.
- Of all QBs who have completed 90% of their passes in a game, Tannehill has the second most yards passing with 282.
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The 2012 NFL draft included four quarterbacks selected in the first round: Andrew Luck (Indianapolis), Robert Griffin III (Washington), Ryan Tannehill (Miami) and Brandon Weeden (Cleveland). That was the 11th straight year that at least two QBs were taken in the first round. The 2013 NFL draft, however, featured only one QB taken in the first round, E.J. Manuel by the Buffalo Bills, thus breaking that 11-year streak.
For some teams, taking a quarterback in the first round has been a long time ago. Consider the New Orleans Saints. The Saints last took a QB in the first round back in 1971 when they selected Archie Manning. With Drew Brees at the helm, it probably won’t be anytime soon that they use their first round pick on a QB.
Following are the years each of the NFL teams last drafted a quarterback in the first round.
Last year drafted QB in first round, team(s)
1971: New Orleans (Archie Manning)
1983: Kansas City (Todd Blackledge)
1989: Dallas (Troy Aikman/a)
1993: New England (Drew Bledsoe); Seattle (Rick Mirer)
1999: Philadelphia (Donovan McNabb/b)
2002: Houston (David Carr)
2003: Chicago (Rex Grossman); Cincinnati (Carson Palmer)
2004: New York Giants (Philip Rivers); Pittsburgh (Ben Roethlisberger); San Diego (Eli Manning)
2005: Green Bay (Aaron Rodgers); San Francisco (Alex Smith)
2006: Arizona (Matt Leinart)
2007: Oakland (JaMarcus Russell)
2008: Atlanta (Matt Ryan); Baltimore (Joe Flacco)
2009: Detroit (Matt Stafford); New York Jets (Mark Sanchez); Tampa Bay (Josh Freeman)
2010: Denver (Tim Tebow); St. Louis (Sam Bradford)
2011: Carolina (Cam Newton); Jacksonville (Blaine Gabbert); Minnesota (Christian Ponder); Tennessee (Jake Locker)
2012: Cleveland (Brandon Weeden); Indianapolis (Andrew Luck); Miami (Ryan Tannehill); Washington (Robert Griffin III)
2013: Buffalo (E.J. Manuel)
(/a) The Cowboys drafted Quincy Carter with their first pick in 2001, but that pick was a second round selection
(/)b The Eagles drafted Kevin Kolb with their first pick in 2007, but that pick was a second round selection
Here’s a few more notes regarding quarterbacks taken in the first round:
- The last time only one QB was taken in the first round prior to the 2013 draft was 2001 when the Atlanta Falcons drafted Michael Vick.
- The last time no quarterbacks were chosen in the first round was 1996. The first QB taken that year was in the second round when Tony Banks was chosen by the St. Louis Rams.
- The last year where no QB was selected in the first two rounds was 1988.
Most quarterbacks taken in the first round was six in 1983. That draft class included Hall of Famers John Elway, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino. Also chosen in the first round that year was Todd Blackledge, Tony Eason and Ken O’Brien.
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