QB Damon Huard - San Francisco 49ers
|6-3, 220||Born: 7-9-1973||College: Washington||Drafted: ---|
2008 Week 1 vs NE (8 / 12 / 118 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Huard was a decent fill-in for Croyle, going eight for twelve with 118 yards, one TD and one interception. Interception aside, the Chiefs offense appeared to have a bit more zip and jump in their step and nearly sent the game into overtime with Huard under center. If Croyle's injury proves to be minor, it appears that there is yet again another QB controversy in Kansas City.
2008 Week 2 vs OAK (2 / 4 / 17 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 15 / 0 rush)
Huard mysteriously did not return to the game after throwing an interception. Later it was reported that he had suffered "mild head trauma". He looked good on a 15-yard scramble. He did not have any particularly accurate throws, but did not play enough to warrant any real criticism, good or bad.
2008 Week 4 vs DEN (21 / 28 / 160 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
He was efficient and did just enough to lead his team to an upset victory and end their 12 game losing streak. With RB Larry Johnson going off, Huard didn't need to fill the air with passes, but he was effective with those he did throw and completed three fourths of his attempts.
2008 Week 5 vs CAR (10 / 21 / 86 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Huard was bad as can be. It was a miracle they left him in as long as they did. He was hesitant, his throws were inaccurate, he had a classic oops fumble moment, and he failed to lead his team to even one first down until the last drive of the first half. His second half began with a fumble, and when they got the ball back again, he threw an awful interception. It's hard to imagine him being much worse.
2008 Week 7 vs TEN (9 / 16 / 96 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Damon Huard was able to move the offense. However, Huard's thumb was reinjured and was heavily taped towards the end of the game. His passing was about the same as in the past. There is reason why Kansas City was excited for Brodie Croyle's return. TE Tony Gonzalez seemed to benefit the most from Huard.
2007 Week 1 vs HOU (22 / 33 / 168 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Huard came into this contest following injuries during a preseason where he only made nine pass attempts. He did not win the quarterback job this year as much as Brodie Croyle lost it. At least he finally had his first chance to be the season starting quarterback for a team after ten years in the league. His final statistics were not impressive completing 22 of 33 passes for 168 yards. He did not complete any touchdowns but did throw two interceptions. There is some hope for the future if his receivers can become a little more sure handed. There were far too many dropped passes. Repeated performances like this and there will be no reason not to bring in Brodie Croyle to allow Croyle to learn under fire.
2007 Week 2 vs CHI (19 / 28 / 175 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Huard was accurate on the day, completing most of his passes on swing passes to his running backs or throwing quick strikes to his receivers. He looked good on the Chief scoring drive close to the end of the first half when the team went 83 yards in four plays against a soft Bears defense. His lone interception came in the fourth quarter and was the result of an excellent defensive play by Charles Tillman in the end zone to knock away a sure touchdown pass to Sammie Parker. Huard also had a long touchdown pass to Bowe called back due to an illegal shift penalty.
2007 Week 3 vs MIN (20 / 29 / 206 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
Huard started slowly, but played much better in the second half. He did take care of the ball, not turning the ball over. He missed a few deep passes badly to Kris Wilson up the sideline, leading Wilson out of bounds. In the second half, those deep passes were more often to Tony Gonzalez, and he started having more success. Huard also just missed a touchdown to Gonzalez in the end zone with the ball just out of reach, and Gonzalez looking for a pass interference call. His lone touchdown pass was a jump ball thrown to Dwayne Bowe in the corner of the end zone which Bowe was able to outreach the defensive back for.
2007 Week 4 vs SD (17 / 29 / 284 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / -3 / 0 rush)
Huard didn't look great early on. He was nearly intercepted on a batted ball at the line midway through the first quarter, and wasn't making very many plays to help put his team in a position to score. But he really settled in nicely after halftime. He didn't get rattled despite his team falling behind by ten points, all the while amidst speculation that the team would like to see Brodie Croyle get some game action. So all Huard did was calmly sit back and pick the San Diego secondary apart, much like Tom Brady and Brett Favre did in each of the past two weeks. Huard was given plenty of time to throw, and he beat the Chargers with pinpoint precision and perfect execution. Granted, both of his touchdown passes may have been more a result of superb athleticism by the receiver rather than anything spectacular Huard did, but at least he didn't make many mistakes. His first half interception was the result of a pass that he threw right off the helmet of LB Shawn Merriman and into the waiting arms of S Marlon McCree. And the one poor play he made in the second half was trying to force a pass into tight space to Dwayne Bowe on a slant. The ball was batted away by CB Quentin Jammer right into the hands of S Clinton Hart for the interception. Of course, one must remember that the Chiefs had just connected on a 51 yard touchdown pass on that very same play on the previous possession, so one can't fault him too much for trying it again. Two potential injury notes regarding Huard: late in the first quarter, he was sacked by Shaun Phillips and fumbled the football. Kansas City recovered, but Huard came up holding his right (throwing) shoulder a bit. It didn't seem to bother him after that, however. In the second half, Huard was knocked to the turf on a pass completion to Dwayne Bowe. Huard banged his head off the ground and looked a bit dazed for a moment, but he stayed in the game without any problems.
2007 Week 5 vs JAX (19 / 30 / 196 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Huard was under pressure throughout the game and as such was unable to get into a rhythm. The lack of a running game contributed to his difficulties, but he did have good touch on intermediate passes when given some time to throw. He keyed in on Gonzalez most of the time, but had problems connecting with other receivers, overthrowing several on multiple occasions. Huard left the game in the fourth quarter with what appeared to be a right arm problem, as he was seen receiving treatment on that arm on the sideline. He remained on the sideline but was replaced by Croyle.
2007 Week 6 vs CIN (25 / 35 / 264 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Huard played a very efficient game against the Bengals pass defense. He did a good job of reading where he was supposed to throw the ball. Huard did get sacked nearly every time he was pressured, failing to show any mobility.
2007 Week 7 vs OAK (16 / 31 / 177 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Huard has this game on his record as a win. He played conservatively and did enough to keep close while not making too many mistakes. He did throw one interception, while completing 16 of 31 passes for 177 yards. It was not an inspiring effort from him. It sometimes seems like he plays as well as he is allowed to. He needs to open up more than he did in this contest.
2007 Week 9 vs GB (19 / 32 / 213 / 2 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Damon Huard had an average game, which should be considered good considering the lack of a consistent rushing attack that was not able to keep pressure off the passing game. Huard had a hard time getting comfortable in the pocket and appeared to try and move at the first sign of trouble. When he did find time to throw, he heavily relied on Tony Gonzalez to gain the yards needed to either get a first down or to be placed in favorable second and third down situations. As an example of the type of day that Huard had, his two interceptions directly led to 14 points, including the game clinching interception that was returned for a touchdown.
2007 Week 10 vs DEN (6 / 15 / 83 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Huard may have seen the end of his days as the number one quarterback in Kansas City. He has struggled most of this year leading the offense and has heard the repeated calls that he step aside to make room for Croyle. Prior to being knocked out of the contest by the Broncos, he had completed only six of fifteen passes for a mere 83 yards while being intercepted twice and fumbling once.
2007 Week 13 vs SD (19 / 34 / 186 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
In fairness to Huard, there aren't many quarterbacks in the league that could have withstood the pounding he took from the San Diego pass rush and live to tell about it. That being said, he didn't help his case much by failing to do much of anything to help his team win. Huard's statistics look decent enough, but most of the time he was simply dumping passes off on short routes to Dwayne Bowe and/or heaving a prayer downfield time and again (prayers that were answered more often than not by TE Tony Gonzalez). Gonzalez was by far his favorite target, as he saw twelve of Huard's passes on the day. Huard caught a bit of bad luck early in the game when WR Eddie Kennison dropped what would've been a sure touchdown in the end zone, a play that left Huard visibly frustrated and angry while walking off the field. But he can't complain, because he also had the good fortune to have Jared Allen, typically a defensive end, line up at tight end for a two yard touchdown pass into the back corner. The pass by Huard was very well thrown, but the sliding grab by Huard was fantastic - so again, it's tough for Huard to complain about the hands of his receivers considering he had a DE make the best catch of the day for him. As noted above, Huard was sacked repeatedly by San Diego defenders, and HC Herm Edwards had no answers to stop or even slow the Chargers pass rush. Additionally, if there is an all time world record for most passes batted down at the line of scrimmage by the opposition, Huard may be getting close to it. During one stretch, he had more passes sent back in his own direction than made it downfield. Late in the game, Huard appeared to injure his hand and he was replaced by Tyler Thigpen.
2007 Week 16 vs DET (24 / 36 / 305 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Huard came on in relief and looked fantastic for the remainder of the first half. He mounted two strong touchdown drives before halftime. He finished the game completing 24 of 36 passes for 305 yards and two touchdowns, but his success was in the first half with wide open play calling. In the second half, it seemed the Chiefs went back to conservative short passing calls and except for one drive, they were unable to mount anything complete. With little to lose, it seems that perhaps whoever the Chiefs start at quarterback, he should be allowed to open it up for all four quarters.
2006 Week 1 vs CIN (12 / 20 / 140 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Nearly every pass attempted by Huard was a safe, short look or a dump-off to either Tony Gonzalez or Larry Johnson. Huard took very few shots downfield, and really seemed to lock in on those two players. His stat line looks decent enough, and he did lead the Chiefs on their only touchdown drive of the game, but looks can be deceiving. That drive was all about Tony Gonzalez getting open and making plays, because Huard wasn't the one doing it. His first pass attempt was nearly intercepted, and even the touchdown grab by Gonzalez was more a terrific catch by him than a great throw by Huard.
2006 Week 2 vs DEN (17 / 23 / 133 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
The Kansas City coaching staff simplified the game plan for Huard and he responded with a conservative, but uninspiring game. This was his first start since 2000 and only the seventh start of his career. If Trent Green is sidelined for an extensive amount of time, at least the Chiefs know they have a chance with Huard in there as the starter. One of the few mistakes he made was when one of his passes was batted right back to him. Rather than bat the ball to the ground, he caught it and then proceeded to fumble the ball away. He was completing short passes for the most part but he finished with 17 out of 23 after starting with nine straight completions.
2006 Week 4 vs SF (18 / 23 / 208 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Huard had a career game against San Francisco. The Chiefs have to feel better about their chances while Trent Green is recovering from the serious concussion he received three weeks ago. He was provided excellent protection while completing 78% of his passes and recording a 133.3 passer rating. He spread his passes amongst Larry Johnson, Tony Gonzalez and the wide receivers. He was showing greater comfort as he targeted the wide receivers more often including touchdown passes to Parker and Kennison. Huard stands to get at least two more games in as the Chiefs' starting quarterback before Green is even evaluated for a return consideration as quarterback for the Chiefs.
2006 Week 5 vs ARI (26 / 38 / 288 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
Huard stands to get at least one more game in as the Chiefs' starting quarterback before Trent Green is brought back to resume his role as the starter for the Chiefs. He has earned the right to hold the position and has Kansas City feeling good about their chances while Green is recovering. Huard had a strong game even if it was not especially inspirational. He is extremely accurate with an excellent completion percentage. Several of his misses were very catchable, just dropped. He finished with 288 yards, but the number was inflated at the end of the game on a huge 79 yard pass play where the entire yardage was actually picked up by Larry Johnson's running after the catch. Still, Huard made few mistakes and kept the Chiefs within striking distance throughout the game.
2006 Week 6 vs PIT (16 / 32 / 162 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Huard's numbers reflect his performance - bland. And had Pittsburgh not built such a large lead, one can wonder if Huard would have even marginally improved on his 6-of-11 for 27 yards first half performance. The play calling allowed for very little as well, as Huard completed mostly WR screens and inside hooks, all under ten yards during the first half. Only once in the second quarter did Huard attempt a pass longer than 15 yards. He also nearly threw an interception, but it was dropped. Huard's range expanded for the second half, but not drastically, enough to make his numbers resemble that of a QB at least. He didn't complete a pass longer than 25 yards. He did, however, hit TE Tony Gonzalez with a one yard TD in the fourth quarter, but it was called back on a holding penalty.
2006 Week 7 vs SD (15 / 27 / 232 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Huard was efficient in this game. He completed 55.6 percent of his passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns. The touchdown tosses went to Kris Wilson and Eddie Kennison. Huard did not throw an interception. He now has seven touchdowns with only one interception on the season. Huard did lose a fumble when he was sacked by Marques Harris in the fourth quarter. Huard completed consecutive passes for 15, 19, and 18 yards late in the fourth quarter to set up Tynes' 53 yard field goal attempt. Huard completed a pass to himself for a two yard loss. The pass was batted at the line by Jamal Williams and fell back into Huard's hands. Huard was called once for intentional grounding.
2006 Week 8 vs SEA (17 / 25 / 312 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)
Huard had an excellent game against Seattle. Huard passed for 312 yards on 17 out of 25 passing. He threw for one touchdown and had no picks. Huard has been fantastic in relief of Trent Green. Chiefs' coach Edwards stated again that Green will have the starting job back from Huard when Green comes back from his injury. Huard will probably have one more start before Green takes over again. He now has an exceptional 9-3 career record as a starting quarterback.
2006 Week 9 vs STL (10 / 15 / 148 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
While Huard had a better QB rating (138.3) than St.Louis QB Marc Bulger (106.6), all that really tells us is that the statistic does not always tell the true story of how the quarterbacks really impacted the game. For Huard, his numbers came on just 15 pass attempts, as he completed ten for only 148 yards. Granted he connected with three different Chiefs for touchdowns and zero interceptions, but you do need to go beyond the numbers. Huard completed just two passes over 20 yards, once on a beautiful 43 yard rainbow pass to WR Samie Parker to set up a first and goal and later with a 25 yard connection to TE Tony Gonzalez for a touchdown. Aside from those two plays, most every pass was for 15 yards or less and asked little from Huard as far as QB ability. He did attempt to stretch the field twice with longer throws to WR Eddie Kennison, but for the most part he stuck to short passes on inside, crossing and under routes to the TE and inside receiver(s). Huard seems to favor throwing to his running backs and tight ends in between the numbers, which is great for RB Larry Johnson and TE Tony Gonzalez. Against the Rams, Huard did not make any critical mistakes and he got the ball in the hands of his receivers in spaces where they could make plays. He also hit his two TEs for all TDs (if you consider TE Kris Wilson still a TE rather than a FB), giving TE Tony Gonzalez two more for his stellar career.
2006 Week 10 vs MIA (15 / 38 / 201 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Huard has lately been receiving a vote of confidence from the fans, the media and the Chiefs' brain trust for his performance. He was rated second in the AFC to Peyton Manning in quarterback rating. There was even talk that he might stay in as the starting quarterback after Trent Green is fully healthy and ready. With Trent Green finally back in uniform on game day and standing on the sideline, Huard had one of his worst days as a starting quarterback. He could not get untracked or mount a sustained attack against the Dolphins. He managed only 201 yards on 38 attempts and was sacked three times. With Green possibly ready, this performance will undoubtedly have people thinking it is time for Huard to sit again. It should be noted that it was the entire Kansas City offense that was having problems in Miami and not just Huard.
2006 Week 17 vs JAX (2 / 3 / 54 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Huard was called upon again as an injury replacement for Trent Green. Again he came through sensationally. On his one series, he connected for 54 yards while hitting on two of three passes. He led the offense up close to let Johnson run it in for a lead-expanding touchdown. Huard will likely get looks from other teams around the league during the off season for his performances this year in relief of Trent Green.