Dave Krieg has better numbers than which Hall of Famers?

Dave Krieg has better numbers than which Hall of Famers?

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Quarterback Dave Krieg #17 of the Seattle Seahawks drops back to pass during the game against the Los Angeles Raiders at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 15, 1985 in Los Angeles, California. The Raiders won 13-3

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by TRAVIS PITTMAN / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on February 24, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 24 at 3:34 PM

SEATTLE – I stumbled upon this by accident as I was debating the merits of whether New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning should be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame if he retired now.

I won’t get into the details of the heated argument between me and a friend, but each of us were throwing out our various reasons for why Manning is or is not deserving.

As part of my research, I began comparing Eli’s career numbers with that of current Hall of Famers. Then, just for fun, I decided to branch out and look at the numbers of my favorite childhood quarterback – former Seahawks (and Chiefs, Lions, Cardinals, Bears and Oilers) signal caller Dave Krieg.

Stunningly to me, Krieg’s career numbers compare favorably to several quarterbacks already in the Hall. Admittedly, the majority of the Hall of Famers played in a different era in which running the ball was more important than throwing. But the two comparisons that stand out to me are to Dallas Cowboys great Troy Aikman and Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly. All three saw their careers overlap.

I am in no way suggesting Krieg is Hall of Fame worthy. He never went to a Super Bowl and got to a conference championship just once. We all remember how he set the league record for career fumbles and how he was benched more than once while in Seattle.  And even though he played 19 years, in only 15 of those did he see significant starting time.

My reason for posting this is because I thought Seahawks fans might find it interesting that Krieg’s statistics compare well to some of the top quarterbacks in NFL history.

Krieg vs. Troy Aikman

  Years Yards Comp. TD INT
Krieg 19 38,147 58.5% 261 199
Aikman 12 32,942 61.5% 165 141

The caveats: Aikman won three Super Bowls and had the NFL’s all-time leading rusher in Emmitt Smith to hand the ball to.

Krieg vs. Jim Kelly

  Years Yards Comp. TD INT
Krieg 19 38,147 58.5% 261 199
Kelly 11 35,467 60.1% 237 175

The caveats: Kelly started his career in the USFL, so his numbers are a bit deflated, but he also went to four straight Super Bowls.

Krieg vs. Terry Bradshaw

  Years Yards Comp. TD INT
Krieg 19 38,147 58.5% 261 199
Bradshaw 14 27,989 51.9% 212 210

The caveats: A different time for football. Bradshaw almost threw as many interceptions as touchdowns, but he also had Franco Harris (and the Immaculate Reception) plus The Steel Curtain to help him win four Super Bowls.

Krieg vs. Bob Griese

  Years Yards Comp. TD INT
Krieg 19 38,147 58.5% 261 199
Griese 14 25,092 56.2% 192 172
The caveats: Again, a different era, but Griese picked up two Vince Lombardi trophies and was on the Dolphins’ 17-0 team in 1972.

Krieg vs. Roger Staubach
  Years Yards Comp. TD INT
Krieg 19 38,147 58.5% 261 199
Staubach 11 22,700 57.0% 153 109
The caveats: Once again, different era, and Staubach picked up two Super Bowl rings.

And since he was the impetus for this research ...

Krieg vs. Eli Manning

  Years Yards Comp. TD INT
Krieg 19 38,147 58.5% 261 199
Manning 8 27,579 58.5% 185 129

The difference: Manning has two Super Bowl rings and is playing in the NFL's pass-happy era

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