All but one of the first weekend of preseason games are in the books. The Jets and Texans will wrap up the first week of games on ESPN tonight.
Cam Newton (1), in some opinions, outplayed starter Jimmy Clausen (2) in the Panthers game against the Giants Saturday night. Should Newton become the starter, and Clausen the backup, along with third-stringer Derek Anderson (3), would this be the first time in NFL history that a teams quarterbacks were numbered, in order, 1-2-3? The numerical simplicity of it would rival the early Yankees, when they first gave out numbers based on the batter's spot in the lineup. (i.e. Babe Ruth was 3, Lou Gehrig 4, etc.)
Would this truly be a first? Let's play a game, take a team (any team through NFL history) with three QBs, and take the starter's number x3 and add it to the #2 QB's number x2 and the #3 QBs number....In this example the 2011 Panthers (if Newton is starter and Clausen is backup) would be = (1 x 3) + (2 x 2) + 3 = 10 (the lowest total you could have) Let's try to find the next lowest total..... Here's a few examples:
2006 Buccaneers: Chris Simms (2), Bruce Gradkowski (7), Tim Rattay (13) = (2 x 3) + (7 x 2) + 13 = 33
1996 Vikings: Warren Moon (1), Brad Johnson (14), Jay Walker (6) = (1 x 3) + (14 x 2) + 6 = 37
1998 Seahawks: Warren Moon (1), Jon Kitna (7), John Friesz (17) = (1 x 3) + (7 x 2) + 17 = 34
1994 Falcons: Jeff George (1), Bobby Hebert (3), Perry Klein (7) = (1 x 3) + (3 x 2) + 7 = 16
That 16 is going to be tough to beat - and who was Perry Klein, anyway?
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earlier this summer we uncovered the 1986 Browns wore brown at home only in the preseason, while only wearing white the rest of the year. So my guess is in the preseason may be the only time we see the Browns in brown.
We told you recently of the Myra Kraft patch the Patriots are wearing. Here now, courtesy of a tweet from Sportscenter, is a preliminary look at some other patches and decals we'll get to see in the 2011 season:
our forum, as well as help our Bill Schaefer, who is currently tackling some 1950s NFL uniform mysteries.
Stay turned to the Gridiron Uniform Database Blog, where in the near future we will be recounting another batch of updates based on our historian Tim Brulia's recent Library of Congress research trip, as well as other updates as we get ready for the 2011 season.