Most of us here at POD agree that Stafford is the real deal, and that he will be the franchise qb we have been waiting for. Before you jump on me for this post, I AM NOT saying that they are equal, similar, or cut from the same cloth.
Actually, quite to the contrary. The fact is that Sanchez came to a mature and developed team with a great running game, a solid offensive line, and a top defense. His numbers should be 25% better than Staff's just from that perspective.
Although the numbers are almost identical through week 15, I think it really speaks to the point that Sanchez has been far inferior to Stafford in his play so far. In fact, if Sanchez doesn't improve drastically next year with the cast he has around him, there is a real shot that he is carrying a clipboard by 2011. Heck, Rex has already admitted to considering benching him a few times.
From a raw numbers perspective, it's eeery how similar the numbers are:
- Stafford is 6'2" 225lbs - Sanchez 6'2" 225 lbs
- Stafford - 13 TD's 20 INT's - Sanchez 12 TD's 20 INT's
- Stafford 2267 yards - Sanchez 2275 yds
- Stafford comp % 53.3% - Sanchez 53.5%
- Stafford QB Rating 61% - Sanchez 62.3%
- Stafford Sacked 24x - Sanchez sacked 24x
- Stafford yards per attempt 6 - Sanchez 6.9
- The only dissimilarities are attempts per game: Staff 37.7 - Sanchez 25.3 & Yards per game Staff 226.7 - Sanchez 175
Most of the analysts and former coaches said after the draft that Sanchez was coming to the better situation. However, the blessing might just have turned into a curse. He has a 10 win team from the previous year behind him, and his performance expecations were much higher than those placed on Matthew.
Even though the numbers are nearly identical, they must be benchmarked against the supporting cast around each QB on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. My assessment is that the numbers DO lie, and that they demonstrate that we got the right guy!