Former Lead Blogger Scott Tunstall, who has moved on to other projects here at the Fansided Network, sent me this really great article in Sports Illustrated. The article discusses a “rule” of sorts, simply dubbed the 26-27-60 Rule. If this so-called Rule stands up, Kevin Kolb is expected to have a successful season.
I know you’re scratching your head trying to figure out what the hell this rule is so I’ll go ahead and explain it. This rule states that if a quarter back scores over 26 on the Wonderlic test, starts 27 games in his college career, and completes 60 percent or more of his passes in college, there is a good chance that he will succeed in the NFL. Hence the name 26-27-60.
Now, I know some of you would be very skeptical of something like this, but look at some of the names on the list: Payton Manning, Drew Brees and Phillip Rivers all pass the requirements and have all had very successful NFL careers to date. There are also some up and coming QB’s on the list as well, like Matt Ryan and our very own Kevin Kolb.
And to add more credibility to these calculations check out who didn’t make the cut: JaMaracus Russell, Tim Couch, and Ryan Leaf.
There are some noted exceptions though, such as Brett Favre and Donovan McNabb.
Now, if you break this rule down to very simple terms it makes pretty good sense. If you have a quarterback who scores high on the Wonderlic test, he’s a smart guy. If he starts more than 27 games, he’s experienced, proven and able. And he can have a higher than 60% pass percentage then he can throw the football accurately in game situations.
Not really a crazy miracle formula that takes into account the size of his shoe, the time of the day he was born, whether it was a leap year or not, and who won the NFC championship the year he was born.
These are facts that don’t take into account heart or determination, but a great checklist nonetheless.
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