Look at it anyway you want, this football season will depend almost entirely on Drew Barker. Yes, receivers need to catch the ball. Yes, the defense has question marks. But those things can be masked. Having a sub-par QB can not be. We can’t hand the ball off 50-60 times a game. And Drew Barker is basically it for this season it seems. He was given the job at the end of last season and it didn’t go well. But, he’s now had an entire offseason as the starter, has a new offensive coordinator to work with, and should not have to look over his shoulder at all.
I think everybody hopes because of that he will improve in 2016. But just how high can Barker go this season? Below are 5 quarterback seasons that resulted in different win totals for the year. Were the win totals entirely based off just the quarterback? Or course not. But you can clearly see a trend between good QB play and the wins.
Boyd/Woodson (2004): 192-351 (55.2%), 1820 yards, 9 TD, 10 INT (2 wins)
Andre Woodson (2005): 146-253 (57.7%), 1644 yards, 6 TD, 6 INT (3 wins)
Patrick Towles (2014): 225-393 (57.3%), 2718 yards, 14 TD, 9 INT (5 wins)
Mike Hartline (2010): 268-405 (66.2%), 3178 yards, 23 TD, 9 INT (6 wins)
Andre Woodson (2007): 327-518 (63.1%), 3709 yards, 40 TD, 11 INT (8 wins)
So, at which level do you think Drew Barker could get to this year? Can he recreate Hartline’s performance in 2010 to get the Cats to 6 wins? Is more than 23 TD a possibility? I am just trying to gauge the confidence level of the fanbase with Barker for this season.