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October 24, 2012 at 7:34 AM

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Throw the ball? Sorry, we'll pass

Seahawks need to throw the ball more
By Danny O'Neil | The Seattle Times

The Seahawks aren't the first team to dial down the number of pass attempts with a rookie at quarterback.

In fact, that has been a formula for the teams who have been able to win with a rookie starting at that position. Take a look at the following list, which includes ever team that averaged 27 or fewer pass attempts over the previous 10 seasons.

One of the teams on the following list did not start a quarterback for a chunk of the season: last year's Denver Broncos, who put Tim Tebow under center.

Several other teams started rookies: the 2009 Jets (Mark Sanchez), the 2005 Bears (Kyle Orton), the 2004 Steelers (Ben Roethlisberger started 13 games), the 2003 Ravens (Kyle Boller) and even the 2001 Cowboys (Quincy Carter).

YearTeamReg.seasonPlayoffs
2011Denver26.88-81-1
2009New York Jets24.69-72-1
2008Oakland26.35-11
2008Carolina25.912-40-1
2007Minnesota278-8
2006Atlanta267-9
2006Buffalo26.97-9
2005Chicago26.111-50-1
2005San Francisco24.34-12
2005Pittsburgh23.711-54-0
2004Pittsburgh22.415-11-1
2004Atlanta24.711-51-1
2003Baltimore25.910-60-1
2001Dallas25.85-11
2001Washington278-8


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