Siemian through 9 starts compares well to NFL's best

KUSA - Tom Brady and Drew Brees were 6-3 after nine NFL starts. Trevor Siemian is 7-2.

Still, Denver Broncos followers wonder if first-round rookie Paxton Lynch or Dallas’ veteran Tony Romo would be a better option than Siemian at quarterback.

The only active non-rookie NFL quarterback who had a better won-loss record than Siemian after nine starts, Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger in 2004, threw two less touchdowns and nearly 500 fewer yards than Siemian during that nine-game span.

Here’s a look at the won-loss records for some of the NFL’s top active quarterbacks through their ninth career start:

Year …..… Quarterback, Team ……..... W-L

2004 ….… Ben Roethlisberger, PITT … 9-0

2006 …..... Philip Rivers, SD ……...…… 7-2

2016 …… Trevor Siemian, DEN ………. 7-2

2015-6 …. Brock Osweiler, DEN-HOU .. 7-2

2001 …… Tom Brady, NE ……………… 6-3

2012 …… Andrew Luck, IND ………….. 6-3

2002 …… Drew Brees, SD …………….. 6-3

2006 …… Tony Romo, DAL …………… 6-3

2008 …… Matt Ryan, ATL ……………... 6-3

2011 …… Andy Dalton, CIN …………... 6-3

2008 …... Joe Flacco, BAL …………….. 6-3

2012 …... Russell Wilson, SEA ……….. 5-4

2008 ….. Aaron Rodgers, GB …………. 4-5

2004 ….. Carson Palmer, CIN …………. 4-5

2006-7 ... Jay Cutler, DEN ……………… 4-5

2012 …... Ryan Tannehill, MIA ………… 4-5

2011 …... Cam Newton, CAR ………….. 3-6

2005-6 ... Alex Smith, SF ……………….. 3-6

2009 …... Matthew Stafford, DET …….... 2-7

2014 …... Derek Carr, OAK …………..… 0-9

Siemian through nine NFL starts has thrown for more yards than did the likes of Brady, Brees, Cutler, Manning, Smith, Carr, Flacco, Wilson, Ryan, Tannehill and Dalton at a comparable start to their careers.

Did we mention Siemian has thrown for more yards through nine starts than Drew Brees? By 365 yards he has. And yet, there is chatter Siemian must do more with his passes. Throw it downfield more. Don’t be so conservative.

Flacco had one touchdown and seven interceptions through his first five starts. Siemian has 12 touchdown passes and seven picks through nine games. Siemian has thrown fewer picks through nine games than Osweiler, Brees, Luck, Newton, Stafford, Cutler, Romo, Wilson, Dalton, and Carr yet there are gripes he commits too many turnovers.

The problem Siemian is confronting as the Broncos’ quarterback is he getting compared to the likes of Oakland’s Carr and Kansas City’s Smith as they are playing now.

But a look at how some of the NFL’s best quarterbacks fared through their first nine career starts suggests anyone expecting more from Siemian is overexpecting.

Year … Quarterback ........… A …… C …. PCT ….… Y .... TD … I... … RTG

2006 … Rivers ……........… 274 … 182 … 66.4 … 2085 … 13 … 3 … 100.4

2004 … Roethlisberger .… 192 … 129 … 67.2 … 1543 … 10 … 4 … 100.2

2001 … Brady ………….…. 264 … 173 … 65.5 …. 1823 … 16 … 7 … 94.6

2006 … Romo …………….. 278 … 181 … 65.1 ... 2320 .… 14 … 9 … 94.4

2008 … Rodgers ………….. 288 … 182 … 63.2 … 2124 … 13 … 5 … 93.3

2015-6 . Osweiler ……...….. 319 … 197 … 61.8 … 2320 … 12 … 8 … 85.9

2006-7 . Cutler ………….…. 253 … 156 … 61.7 … 1927 … 13 .. 10 … 85.9

2016 …. Siemian …………. 291 … 175 … 60.1 … 2028 … 12 …. 7 … 85.0

2014 … Carr ………………. 337 … 206 … 61.1 … 1903 … 13 …. 9 … 78.3

2009 … Stafford …………... 351 … 190 … 54.1 … 2124 … 12 … 18 … 62.4

2004-5 . E. Manning …....… 235 … 115 … 48.9 … 1314 ..… 9 … 11 … 59.4

2005-6 . Smith ………..……. 216 … 112 … 51.9 … 1362 ….. 3 … 11 … 55.0

This is not to suggest Siemian, a seventh-round draft pick out of Northwestern, is on his way to becoming the next Brady, a sixth-round pick out of Michigan. But Siemian is starting off much better than did such No. 1 overall draft picks as Stafford, Manning and Smith.

Comparing 9 starts to 9 starts, only Roethlisberger among NFL quarterbacks has definitively outperformed Siemian. Let’s see how Siemian fares in start 10 this Sunday night against Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs. 

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