So there has obviously been a lot of talk about Locker these past 2 days, and a lot of people seem to want to give up on him already. I have heard the sentiment from multiple posters on here that "Other young QBs have hit the ground running, why can't Locker? He must suck". After having heard this from a number of people, I thought I would look into just how bad Locker is compared to another young QB that everyone seems to love ... Andrew Luck. Luck is a guy that has gotten all the hype in college, in the draft, and now in the NFL. He must be the ideal rookie QB right? He should be the model with which to compare our young QB (at least that is what some on here and in the media would have you think). So lets look at a comparison. Now it isn't exactly fair to compare all of Luck's statistics to Locker's since there is such a big disparity in the number of games played. So I did 2 comparisons. The 1st is Locker's 1st 6 starts compared to Luck's first 6 starts (I didn't include the Texans game for Locker because he played 1 drive before getting hurt.) The second is a comparison of both players on the season as a whole, but on a 'per game' average (This would give some advantage to Luck's stats since he will have had more games for his bad games to 'average' out, while Locker's still way pretty heavily on his statistics) Some things that I won't mention or take into account are noises such as dropped passes, who has the better coaching/team, strength of schedule, etc. This is just a QB vs QB 'what have you done so far in the NFL' comparison. Comparison #1 (1st 6 NFL starts) Locker - 8 TDs, 7 ints Luck - 7 TDs, 7 ints Locker - 56.6% completions Luck - 53.6% completions Locker - 1473 yards Luck - 1674 yards Locker - 7.04 yards per attempt Luck - 6.75 yards per attempt Locker: 2-4 record Luck: 3-3 record Locker - 77.7 QB rating* Luck - 79.4 QB rating* *This is an average of the QB rating through the 1st 6 games on a 'per attempt' basis. You can't just average the QB ratings for each game since a game with 100 attempts would have more weight than a game with 20 attempts, and since I don't know the actual equation for QB rating (who does?) and the stats are just listed on a per game basis this was the best I could do. ... It is fairly accurate though. Doing this compared to what ESPN.com had overall, it was off by about 0.4% Comparison #2 (overall stats on a per game basis, includes all 12 games for Luck) Locker - 1.33 TD/game, 1.16 int/ game Luck - 1.42 TD/game, 1.33 int/game Locker - 245.5 yds/game Luck - 299 yds/game Locker - 6.9 yds/att Luck - 7.1 yds/att Locker - 56.6% completions Luck - 55.5% completions Locker - 77.0 QB rating Luck - 76.1 QB rating That is just about every major statistic listed on ESPN.com for a QB, and the numbers are stunningly similar. Really the only category that Luck has a statistically significant edge over Locker is in the passing yards category, but even then when you break it down per attempt, they are again very close. Point of all this is, lets not over-react to Locker and call him a bust (not all, but many are eluding to it) when a player that the same people want to call great is putting up essentially identical numbers.