Tag:Randall Cunningham
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:56 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 1:01 pm

Prorating Tim Tebow's statistics + Experts Chat

Is Tim Tebow really an MVP candidate? But, no, seriously, is he? Join us Wednesday at 1:00 pm ET to discuss it with our experts, and check out Tebow's prorated stats below.

Posted by Will Brinson

On our most recent podcast, my colleague Ryan Wilson attempted to convince me that the Tim Tebow haters had disappeared. And while even the most rabit anti-Tebites* have agreed he's doing something special, there are still plenty of people who won't believe.

Whatever, I addressed that in Sorting the Sunday Pile. Instead, I thought it might be kind of interesting to take Tebow's 2011 season, now approximately eight games long, prorate it across a full NFL season, and see where he stands.

A couple caveats apply first. One, when I started doing this, I had in mind that Tebow's season might line up with David Garrard's 2007 season, but Tebow's already out-rushed Garrard. And two, prorating stats is obviously not precise, because performances vary and no single player is going to produce the exact same statline over the course a second set of eight games that they produced over the first.

But still, Tebow's work -- 75 of 158 passing for 1,054 yards, 10 touchdowns, one interception and 468 rushing yards -- since taking over basically encompasses a half season. Double it and we get some theoretical production if he started. That would give Tebow more than 2,000 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and 900 rushing yards.

Those are decent -- and more importantly, odd -- numbers for a quarterback, so I figured I'd plug those landmarks into Pro-Football-Reference.com and see all the different quarterbacks that accomplished the feat. I was pretty surprised when this came back:

Player Year Cmp
Att Yds Cmp % TD INT RSH YDS
Randall Cunningham 1990 271
465 3,466 58.3 %
30 13 942
Michael Vick
2006 204
388 2,474 52.6 %
20 13 1,039
Tim Tebow
2011+ 150
316 2,108 47.5 %
20 2 932

Worth noting: Vick went 7-9 with the Falcons that year, while Cunningham went 10-6 with the Eagles. Both guys started all 16 games -- Tebow only has seven starts across his current statistical season. (Oh, and as Wilson points out, Cunningham is now an ordained minister. Coincidence? I think not.)

Tebow's theoretical season, it turns out, puts him in some pretty stout company when it comes to mobile quarterbacks. Obviously he's not on pace to throw up some sort of "Tom Brady 2007" season, and his completion percentage clearly needs work. And maybe if he's improving it, his rushing yards will decline.

The lesson isn't that he's as good as Randall Cunningham or even Michael Vick circa 2006. The lesson is just that Tebow's compiling stats and playing quarterback in a manner that's effective enough to put him in the same category as some talented quarterbacks if he was so do it over the course of a full season.

+ Prorated
*H/T: Kramer, natch

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Posted on: October 9, 2011 3:34 pm

Michael Vick all-time rushing leader for QBs

Posted by Will Brinson

Michael Vick and Philadelphia struggled early (and late, I suppose) in Buffalo, losing 21-7 at the half to the Bills. But here's some fun -- and totally worthless if the Eagles fall to 1-4 -- news: Michael Vick is now the NFL's all-time leading rushing quarterback.

In the third quarter, Vick took off on a 53-yard scamper that set up a 10-yard LeSean McCoy touchdown run.

With that run, Vick brought his career rushing total to 4,946 yards, the most by a quarterback in NFL history.

Vick surpassed Randall Cunningham, who had 4,928 yards rushing in his career.

And for those that care, Cunningham started the day 121st in all-time rushing yards in NFL history (which, duh, includes running backs). Vick will probably end up topping both Gale Sayers and Dorsey Levens by the time he's done playing Buffalo.

Yes, he's got his eyes on you, Julius Jones, somehow in 112th leading rusher in NFL.

With his new status, Vick now holds the record for all-time rushing yards in a game (173), all-time rushing yards in a season (1,039) and career for a quarterback.

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Posted on: July 2, 2010 10:44 am

Cunningham creates foundation for son

Former Eagles QB Randall Cunningham, whose son died earlier this week after drowning in a family hot tub accident, has established the Christian Cunningham foundation.

If you’d like to donate, details can be found at this Philadelphia Daily News link.

Christian would have turned 3 in December.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 9:34 am

Cunningham's son found dead

This is a terrible way to begin the day, but the Las Vegas Journal-Review reports today that the 2-year-old son of former Eagles QB Randall Cunningham was found dead floating in the backyard hot tub at his home in Las Vegas. Though police were investigating for possible abuse, they said the drowning appeared to be accidental.

Cunningham – now a pastor at Remnant Ministries, the church he founded in 2004 – was not home at the time.

"We know healing is going to take time," one church member, who goes by the name Miss Happy, told the newspaper. "We ask that everyone pray for the family. It hurts. It hurts."

Cunningham, a four-time Pro-Bowler, played 16 seasons in the NFL, including stints with the Eagles, Vikings, Ravens and Cowboys. He’s among the top-35 all-time in career passing completions, passing touchdowns, passing yards, pass attempts and sacks.

--Josh Katzowitz

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