If you know me, you know I do not like to talk stats much. Unless it is Albert Wilson’s quest to 800+ yards in 2021, I rarely rely on stats to make an argument. And I am not using these stats to necessarily make an argument, but more to highlight just how close of players Tua Tagovailoa and Sam Bradford are statistically.
Obviously, the stats are more of projections, as Tagovailoa has played fewer games than Bradford, but I am going off his per-game splits to show you.
Bradford ended his career (83 games) with 19,449 yards, 103 touchdowns, and 61 interceptions.
If Tagovailoa’s stats were spread to 83 games, they would look like this: 15,625 yards, 94 touchdowns, and 52 interceptions.
So Bradford has Tagovailoa with yards and touchdowns, but Tagovailoa would have fewer interceptions. Then if you look at their completion percentages, Bradford sits at 62.5%, and Tagovailoa is at 64.6%. Their quarterback ratings are close as well. Bradford’s was 84.5, and Tagovailoa’s is 87.2.
I know many people really do not want to hear about Tagovailoa being Bradford 2.0, so that is why I started with the stats. I think showing how close the stats truly are will at least have some people understand the argument I am making isn’t crazy.
Tagovailoa will likely improve on his numbers, but he is so far behind Bradford on yards and nine touchdowns down, too, so the numbers will still probably be close even if he improves.