Strong Arm Tactics:

A History and Statistical Analysis of the Professional Quarterback

 

NFL Europe

NFL Europe is the league's developmental minor league, and the leading passers in Europe through 2007 are listed in the first table. Most of the quarterbacks assigned by NFL teams to play in NFL Europe (originally known as the World League of American Football) turn out to be backups at best like Jason Garrett, Stan Gelbaugh, Doug Pederson, Kurt Kittner and Dave Ragone. However, some starters like Scott Mitchell and Jon Kitna have emerged, and Kurt Warner, Brad Johnson and Jake Delhomme all later took teams to the Super Bowl. None of these top five successes achieved more than a mediocre 82 passer rating in Europe, though. By contrast, the quarterbacks with the highest passer ratings in Europe have had decidedly less success in the NFL as the second table demonstrates.

Leading NFL Europe Quarterbacks

Quarterback Years Attempts Comp. % Yards Y/Att. TD Int Rating
Stan Gelbaugh 1991-92 582 336 57.7% 4621 7.9 28 24 82.1
J.T. O'Sullivan 2004, 2007 450 294 65.3% 3728 8.3 26 12 99.2
Clint Stoerner 2001, 2004 566 318 56.2% 3654 6.5 21 18 74.9
Casey Bramlet 2005, 2007 466 282 60.5% 3482 7.5 23 15 86.7
Pat Barnes 1999-00 414 232 56.0% 3422 8.3 30 18 89.3
Mike Perez 1991-92 504 257 51.0% 3257 6.5 19 22 65.9
Will Furrer 1995-96 463 257 55.5% 3231 7.0 24 15 81.2
Kevin Daft 2000, 2002 486 289 59.5% 3219 6.6 34 12 92.3
Dave Archer 1992 317 194 61.2% 2964 9.4 23 7 107.0
Dameyune Craig 1999 339 198 58.4% 2932 8.6 21 12 92.7
Phil Stambaugh 2001, 2003 454 279 61.5% 2925 6.4 15 13 79.2
Mike Johnson 1991-92 434 224 51.6% 2897 6.7 14 16 68.3
Scott Erney 1991-92 473 247 52.2% 2840 6.0 14 12 69.9
Andy Kelly 1995-96 484 271 56.0% 2797 5.8 17 18 69.0
Gibran Hamdan 2004-06 317 181 57.1% 2792 8.8 20 8 96.9
Mike Proctor 1991-92 417 220 52.8% 2700 6.5 11 15 66.8
Steve Pelluer 1996-97 373 213 57.1% 2636 7.1 13 14 75.1
Jon Kitna 1997 317 171 53.9% 2448 7.7 22 15 82.6
Jeff Graham 1991 272 157 57.7% 2407 8.8 8 8 84.6
Paul Justin 1995 278 172 61.9% 2394 8.6 17 12 91.9
Todd Husak 2002 356 208 58.4% 2386 6.7 14 14 75.4
Kelly Holcomb 1996 298 191 64.1% 2382 8.0 14 16 82.1
Todd Bouman 1999 324 170 52.5% 2296 7.1 16 11 77.6
Kerwin Bell 1991-92 331 185 55.9% 2276 6.9 18 14 77.8
Jonathan Quinn 2001 296 167 56.4% 2257 7.6 24 9 95.2
Shaun Hill 2003 356 220 61.8% 2256 6.3 13 5 86.3
Brad Johnson 1995 328 194 59.1% 2227 6.8 13 14 75.1
Scott Mitchell 1992 361 201 55.7% 2213 6.1 12 7 77.0
Jim Ballard 1995-96, 1998 287 167 58.2% 2212 7.7 13 10 83.3
Kevin Thompson 2001-05 358 192 53.6% 2138 6.0 10 18 60.0
Kurt Warner 1998 326 165 50.6% 2101 6.4 15 6 78.8
Mike Elkins 1991 312 153 49.0% 2068 6.6 13 13 67.1
Ted White 2000-02 329 169 51.4% 2056 6.2 18 12 74.0
Craig Nall 2003 258 151 58.5% 2050 7.9 18 7 95.9
Danny Wuerffel 2000 260 161 61.9% 2042 7.9 25 7 107.2
Spergon Wynn 2001 337 193 57.3% 2041 6.1 14 9 77.8
Ryan Van Dyke 2004 280 174 62.1% 2003 7.2 16 14 81.9
Mike Quinn 1998 264 133 50.4% 1997 7.6 13 3 87.3
Drew Olson 2007 310 170 54.8% 1967 6.3 13 13 70.7
Reggie Slack 1992 215 140 65.1% 1898 8.8 12 7 98.2
Josh LaRocca 1997-98 288 138 47.9% 1876 6.5 15 14 66.3
Jay Walker 1995 288 146 50.7% 1874 6.5 7 7 69.4
Damon Huard 1998 290 159 54.8% 1857 6.4 12 7 78.2
Ron Powlus 2000 287 156 54.4% 1784 6.2 13 5 81.1
James Brown 2002-03 249 141 56.6% 1766 7.1 6 7 75.1
Dave Ragone 2005 251 158 62.9% 1746 7.0 13 2 97.5
Scott McBrien 2005 217 116 53.5% 1722 7.9 13 12 76.6
Rohan Davey 2004 206 126 61.2% 1676 8.1 19 6 105.6
Jake Delhomme 1998-99 249 151 60.6% 1657 6.7 12 9 81.4
Erik Meyer 2007 204 140 68.6% 1604 7.9 13 6 101.0
Steve Matthews 1996 205 115 56.1% 1560 7.6 9 10 74.8
Jarious Jackson 2001 223 125 56.1% 1544 6.9 13 6 85.9
Jim Arellanes 1998-99, 2001 173 89 51.4% 1496 8.6 16 5 99.8
T.J. Rubley 1997 218 117 53.7% 1473 6.8 12 9 76.1
Kurt Kittner 2005 224 121 54.0% 1472 6.6 9 11 67.4
Jamie Martin 1995 219 126 57.5% 1433 6.5 20 21 68.2
Travis Lulay 2007 207 120 58.0% 1415 6.8 4 8 69.2
Tony Graziani 2000 215 128 59.5% 1377 6.4 8 6 79.2
Cody Pickett 2007 205 132 64.4% 1373 6.7 6 6 81.2
Chad Hutchinson 2004 207 126 60.9% 1356 6.6 5 4 80.1
Jim Ritchey 1998-99 272 129 47.4% 1341 4.9 6 10 54.2
Drew Henson 2006 203 109 53.7% 1321 6.5 10 3 84.2
Joe Hamilton 2002 193 99 51.3% 1301 6.7 8 8 69.5
Kevin Eakin 2005 180 105 58.3% 1299 7.2 11 5 89.6
Lang Campbell 2006 204 116 56.9% 1264 6.2 10 4 83.5
Doug Pederson 1992, 1995 154 81 52.6% 1263 8.2 9 5 86.0
Matt Blundin 1995 221 107 48.4% 1228 5.6 5 11 52.4
Tony Rice 1991-92 186 91 48.9% 1228 6.6 1 5 61.0
Stan Dreisbach 2002 225 95 42.2% 1154 5.1 9 14 46.0
Bobby McAlister 1991 195 91 46.7% 1152 5.9 7 11 54.0
Shane Boyd 2006 185 100 54.1% 1139 6.2 5 11 57.0
Dave Barr 1997 164 98 59.8% 1118 6.8 3 4 76.2
Michael Bishop 2001 153 76 49.7% 1090 7.1 11 7 78.1
Brent Pease 1991-92 210 99 47.1% 1076 5.1 5 9 52.8
Seth Burford 2003 175 102 58.3% 1054 6.0 8 3 83.8
Brock Berlin 2006 181 99 54.7% 1041 5.8 7 7 68.4
Craig Ochs 2006 142 84 59.2% 1019 7.2 6 4 83.6
Tee Martin 2002 203 101 49.8% 1017 5.0 5 6 60.3
Chad May 1997 184 86 46.7% 1016 5.5 4 3 64.5
Cory Sauter 2000 163 102 62.6% 961 5.9 6 2 86.0
Ryan Dinwiddie 2005 155 73 47.1% 934 6.0 5 7 58.4
Nick Rollovich 2003 149 87 58.4% 907 6.1 3 4 71.6
Joe Germaine 2002 181 93 51.4% 905 5.0 5 9 54.2
Dan Gonzalez 1999 143 70 49.0% 862 6.0 3 5 60.4
Spence Fischer 1997 148 78 52.7% 839 5.7 1 6 55.0
Andre Ware 1999 121 54 44.6% 715 5.9 4 4 61.1
Babe Laufenberg 1992 115 62 53.9% 622 5.4 2 6 53.6
Jason Garrett 1991-92 113 66 58.4% 609 5.4 3 3 71.0
Casey Weldon 1995 91 41 45.1% 543 6.0 3 9 35.9
Kevin Eakin 2007 67 36 53.7% 433 6.5 4 2 81.3
Brett Elliot 2007 91 42 46.2% 427 4.7 1 2 54.6
Troy Hammel 1991 55 25 45.5% 321 5.8 2 3 53.7
Corey Bramlet 2007 52 29 55.8% 309 5.9 2 2 70.1
Ben Bennett 1991 26 9 34.6% 60 2.3 0 2 11.4

 

NFL Statistics of the Top 10 NFL Europe Quarterbacks

Quarterback League Games Attempts Comp. % Yards Y/Att TD Int Rating
Danny Wuerffel NFL 25 350 184 52.6 2123 6.07 12 22 56.4
Danny Wuerffel NFL E NA 260 161 61.9% 2042 7.9 25 7 107.2
                     
David Archer NFL 55 661 336 50.8 4337 6.56 18 30 61.9
David Archer NFL E NA 317 194 61.2% 2964 9.4 23 7 107.0
 
Rohan Davey NFL 6 19 8 42.1 88 4.63 0 0 56.5
Rohan Davey NFL E NA 206 126 61.2% 1676 8.1 19 6 105.6
 
Jim Arellanes NFL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jim Arellanes NFL E NA 173 89 51.4% 1496 8.6 16 5 99.8
                     
J.T. O'Sullivan NFL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J.T. O'Sullivan NFL E NA 450 294 65.3% 3728 8.3 26 12 99.2
 
Reggie Slack NFL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reggie Slack NFL E NA 215 140 65.1% 1898 8.8 12 7 98.2
                     
Dave Ragone NFL 2 40 20 50 135 3.38 0 1 47.4
Dave Ragone NFL E NA 251 158 62.9% 1746 7.0 13 2 97.5
 
Gibran Hamdan NFL 1 2 1 50 7 3.5 0 0 58.3
Gibran Hamdan NFL E NA 317 181 57.1% 2792 8.8 20 8 96.9
 
Craig Nall NFL 8 33 23 69.7 314 9.52 4 0 139.4
Craig Nall NFL E NA 258 151 58.5% 2050 7.9 18 7 95.9
 
Jonathan Quinn NFL 17 223 117 52.5 1161 5.21 4 7 60.4
Jonathan Quinn NFL E NA 296 167 56.4% 2257 7.6 24 9 95.2

 

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