WEEK 15 TOP GUNS – 5 QB PERFORMANCES TO NOTE

Street Talk WEEK 15 TOP GUNS – 5 QB PERFORMANCES TO NOTE

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A look at some of this week’s notable Quarterback performances:

Matt Ryan – Atlanta

Two straight solid performances really can help a QB’s – and a team’s – confidence. Ryan was in control every moment he was on the field vs. Jacksonville, and needed less than three quarters of play to throw 3 TD passes and ensure the Falcons’ fourth win in five games. The uncharacteristically questionable throws and INTs that plagued Ryan for much of the season have disappeared the last two weeks, and Atlanta is in good position to earn a playoff spot.

Tom Brady – New England

Turning back the momentum of the NFL’s most talked about QB was the lead story, but Brady’s real accomplishment was in leading the Patriots to an important road win vs. a possible playoff team. The New England QB was patient in choosing his throws and was able to pick up big chunks of yardage in the pass game. The result was a division title for the Patriots.

Kyle Orton – Kansas City

Statistically, Orton’s day was not particularly memorable, as he threw no TD passes. But, in completing nearly ¾ of his throws and passing for 299 yards, Orton did enough to put the Chiefs in scoring position five times. The end result was a win over the league’s only undefeated team and its best Quarterback. All this in only Orton’s second start in Kansas City.

Matt Stafford – Detroit

Stafford showed true progress on Sunday vs. the Raiders. The Lions’ QB capped a day in which he threw for four TDs by leading Detroit to two TDs in the game’s final five minutes. That type of resolve – overcoming a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter on the road – may signal that the Lions (with Stafford at the wheel) are ready to end years of failure with a playoff run in 2011.

Drew Brees – New Orleans

Brees keeps raising the bar. The Saints’ Quarterback moved closer to the NFL’s single-season passing yardage record, this time throwing for 412 yards and 5 TD passes. Brees was once again mistake-free, throwing no INTs, and overcame some early drops and mistakes by other Saints in the passing game. The Saints didn’t score until the first quarter was almost over, but still managed to dominate the Vikings and put up 42 points. In any other year – in which Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have dominated – Brees would be the league’s MVP.

 

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The Complete QB Team Clinics and Individual Coaching Sessions are provided by the Complete QB Founder and Director, Christopher Johnston. For over a decade, Coach Johnston has trained young men in the Quarterback position, including high school Quarterbacks who earned HCIAA Honors in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. His success with Quarterbacks is due to Coach Johnston's approach as a teacher of those playing the position. Coach Johnston was previously the QB and DB Coach at Hudson Catholic Regional High School (2007 Group 3 State Semi-Finalist and 2008 Group 2 State Finalist) in Jersey City, New Jersey. Coach Johnston also served as the Defensive Coordinator, Assistant Head Coach, and Quarterbacks Coach at Xavier High School in New York, New York. Coach Johnston's assessment and coaching skills have earned him a solid reputation for his ability to develop Quarterbacks among his coaching peers and thousands of athletes. Since 2004, in addition to his on-field coaching experience, Coach Johnston's expertise has afforded him multiple opportunities to appear regularly on a variety of Sports Talk Radio Shows regarding the NCAA and NFL Quarterback play.  More from Chris Johnston

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