Saturday, October 13, 2007


Carl challenged me the other day to do this post. It took quite a bit of time but looks like it is worth it. What follows is a very interesting comparison.

Carl is sick of everyone beating up old man Favre about him getting ready to claim the all time interception record from George Blanda. What do you have to say about that, George?

Of course what most people won't tell you is that Favre has over one THOUSAND more attempts than Blanda. Not statistically insignificant.

As much as we Bear fans hate him, it has to be acknowledged that Favre is great. Back to Carl's challenge. I have compiled all of the passing statistics for the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers from when Favre started, back in 1992. I have left out goofy things like halfback passes, punters, and anyone else that threw the ball except true quarterbacks. Needless to say this took a hell of a lot longer to compile the Bears stats than Green Bay's as no quarterback other than Favre has thrown the ball more than 55 times in a single season since he began play for the Packers (1992, Majkowski) and after that the next highest attempt total is 28 (2002, Pederson).

Laying the stats out in front of you (remember, 1992-2006) sure opens your eyes up to a lot of interesting things. No Bear has thrown for 4000 yards in a season, and Favre has done it four times. As a matter of fact, the highest total yards for any Bear qb since '92 is 3,838 (1995, Kramer). That year Kramer was the only person to make a throw for the Bears - it is the only such year for Chicago. The next closest season for total yardage for the Bears was last year, when Rex threw for 3193 yards.

Favre has thrown for over 3,000 yards in each of his fifteen seasons, and the Bears have had 3,000 yard quarterbacks only three times in that period ('95, Kramer, '97 Kramer, '06 Grossman).

One year, none of the Bears qb's threw for over even 1,000 yards ('04 Hutchison, Krenzel, Quinn, Grossman).

Favre has thrown for over 30 touchdowns in a season 8 times. No Bear QB was able to do it once.

Favre has thrown for over 300 completions each season he has played, the Bears QB's did it once in that time ('95, Kramer).

Before I compile "FrankenBear" and put it next to Favre, I should remind everyone what FrankenBear looks like. These are the quarterbacks who have played for the Bears since Favre started his career in '92:

Jim Harbaugh, Peter Tom Willis, Will Furrer, Steve Walsh, Eric Kramer, Dave Krieg, Shane Matthews, Steve Stenstrom, Rick Mirer, Moses Moreno, Cade McKnown, Jim Miller, Chris Chandler, Henry Burris, Cory Sauter, Kordell Stewart, Rex Grossman, Chad Hutchison, Craig Krenzel, Jonathan Quinn, Jeff Blake, Kyle Orton, Brian Griese.

Holy cow what a list that is. So here we go.

Favre: 5041 for 8219, 61.33% completions, 57,500 yards, 414 TD's, 271 INT's.

1.53 td's per 1 interception.

FrankenBear: 4394 for 7710, 56.99% completions, 47314 yards, 248 TD's, 262 INT's.

.95 td's per 1 interception.

Related: This post.


gerry from valpo said...

Here's another challenge for you Dan.

Can you name an NFL game (name, teams, year) where each team had a running back to play in the same name?

I will post the answer tomorrow.

Look for Bears a Bears win. 15-10. More FG's than TD's

Gerry from Valpo said...


That should read "each team had a running back to play in the same game with the same name"

Carl from Chicago said...

Dan - what a great post! I love the title, too.

In conclusion, Favre whips franken bear by a million miles.

Sad that our interceptions are worse than our TD's.

This gives me a great idea for a post called "survivorship bias" that links football to markets.

Carl from Chicago said...

I think that you ought to cross post this at drunk bear fans...