If we look at T-Jack’s numbers so far they are not great, but not without promise if he were to be utilized better. First off, let’s look at some of those raw numbers
Over all T-Jack is 30/59 for 308 yrds with 1 TD and 1 INT, 10 for 66 yrds rushing and a QB rating of 64.8. However much of T-Jacks performance can be summed up as a “Tale of two Halves.” In the first half his line looks like this 7/16 for 68 yrds and no TD’s, 3 for 9 yrds rushing 56.3 QB rating; while his second half looks like this: 23/43 240yrds 1 TD 1 INT, 7 for 57 yrds rushing and a 68 QB rating. He is 5/8 for 54 yrds in the 2 min drill. In addition he is 7/12 for 64 yrds and 4/8 for 50 yrds when passing to the right or left, but a combined 5/15 when passing wide right/left and center.
What do these numbers tell us? First off, they tell us that when he passes more he does better. For T-Jack to be successful he needs to be allowed to get into a rhythm which means quick succession high percentage, mid range passing plays mostly to the right and left. He should get at least 16 passing plays in the 1 half to help him establish his rhythm early. To see the truth of these statements we need only look to T-Jacks Pre-Season numbers: 15/22 200 yrds, 2 TD’s no INT’s no Sacks 127 QB rating. His total playing time in the preseason was the equivalent of less than 1 half of one game, so we can see that when he comes out passing, he gets a good rhythm going and we see just how accurate a passer he can be.
Yes his numbers have been ugly thus far, but there are some things to be encouraged about. First his QB rating and completion percentage both went up by 14 points from game 1 to game 2. Hopefully this is a trend that continues. He just needs his coaches to have a little faith in him, let him loose and do what he does best.
To put it another way, he was one dropped pass (I’m looking at you Shiancoe), and a better Referee (Stop taking Ted Thompsons bribes at the replay booth) from being 2-0 instead of 0-2. So let’s lay off booing T-Jack. I am not saying we should give him any breaks; after all, he did throw some balls straight into the ground, and that pick was inexcusable, but he has been playing better than the overall stats might indicate. And he has been doing it against 2 of the better Pass Defenses in the league.