QB Brooks Bollinger - Dallas Cowboys

6-1, 205Born: 11-15-1979College: WisconsinDrafted: Round 6, pick 0

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2008 Week 9 vs NYG (9 / 16 / 63 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Bollinger started the second half in relief of an ineffective Brad Johnson and was only a slight improvement. His first pass attempt was intercepted and his second attempt was a completed for a loss of 12 yards. He never seemed to settle down and get into the flow of the game, as he was not able to complete more than two passes in a row. His throws were slightly off target, usually behind the receiver and he almost had a second interception on a poorly thrown pass. He did lead the Cowboys to their loan offensive touchdown, but that drive was aided by a roughing the passer call that gave the Cowboys a first down on third and six incompletion.

2007 Week 2 vs DET (3 / 4 / 26 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Bollinger filled in for an injured Tarvaris Jackson during the overtime period. Taking over at his own 20 yard line, Bollinger quickly completed three passes to get the Vikings near midfield. However, he fumbled the snap on the next play, which eventually led to the game-winning field goal for Detroit. It's worth noting that Bollinger looked much more comfortable and confident in the pocket than Jackson looked at any point in the game.

2007 Week 8 vs PHI (7 / 10 / 94 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 15 / 0 rush)

Bollinger replaced Kelly Holcomb in the third quarter, and led three full series. He played well, and gave the team a little spark, but also was not flawless. He did lead the Vikings on a field goal drive in his first possession. He next two drives were largely unsuccessful though.

2007 Week 9 vs SD (7 / 10 / 95 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Bollinger entered the game when starter Tarvaris Jackson was knocked out of it. Bollinger's stats won't wow anyone, and that's because 40 of his 95 yards came on one play. But it was that one play that was the death blow for San Diego, as the 40 yard bomb ended up in the hands of Sidney Rice down the sideline. It put Minnesota up 21-14 and turned out to be the game-winning score. Essentially, it turned out that Bollinger was most effective at what the Vikings really needed him to do - and that's to hand the ball off to RB Adrian Peterson. With San Diego keying on Peterson so much and the fact that he still set the all-time single game rushing record, it's safe to say that this will be the approach going forward whether the Vikings QB is Jackson or Bollinger. Jackson's status will be updated throughout the week, so be sure to check with us if your hopes are riding on the starting QB for the Vikings (and we sincerely hope for your sake that they aren't).

2007 Week 10 vs GB (16 / 26 / 176 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

Bollinger did not bring the same spark to the passing game he brought in his limited relief role in week 9. The most glaring weakness was his play on third downs. Bollinger completed just one pass on four attempts on third down, and was also sacked twice. As mediocre as Bollinger's numbers were, they were padded by a couple long drives when the game was well out of hand. He did not look good, and did not get in any sort of rhythm all afternoon.

2006 Week 8 vs NE (6 / 9 / 76 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Partly because of Johnson's interceptions, Bollinger entered the game with twelve minutes remaining. He was sacked on his first three plays. Things improved after that, and he found Mewelde Moore for a 50 yard gain. Bollinger ended by throwing an interception and did not look comfortable at any stage.

2006 Week 13 vs CHI (7 / 9 / 70 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Bollinger came in for Brad Johnson after he threw his fourth interception in the game. Bollinger looked good and poised in the pocket as he lead the Vikings down the field for a touchdown on his second series of the game going seven of eight for 70 yards. It was the Vikings' most impressive drive of the game by far. Late in the game Bollinger was sacked off his blind side by Adewale Ogunleye and it appeared he hurt his non-throwing left shoulder. Bollinger did not return to the game and was replaced by rookie Tarvaris Jackson. Depending on how severe Bollinger's injury was in the game, he played well enough in his short time on the field to cause a quarterback controversy, as Brad Johnson was totally ineffective in the game.

2005 Week 4 vs BAL (14 / 28 / 149 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Bollinger showed little to many folks think he's an NFL caliber quarterback. Herman Edwards was very cautious with his quarterback; avoiding the pass unless is was absolutely necessary. Bollinger was nervous in the pocket, dropping the ball to run when nobody was covered well before he had to. He did not run effectively though, running into a web of defenders on a number of occasions. He didn't even attempt to dive into the end zone on a bootleg run from the one yard line, instead going out of bounds at the two yard line without getting touched. Bollinger didn't have the arm strength to throw to the sidelines, often overthrowing his intended target by eight feet or more. He found most of his success throwing across the middle, but was unable to do this consistently at any point. He did avoid any giant mistakes all afternoon though.

2005 Week 7 vs ATL (12 / 20 / 94 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)

Bollinger replaced Vinny Testaverde with about a minute left in the third quarter and the Jets trailing 27-7. He drove the Jets to one touchdown and had them knocking on the door for another before his fourth and one pass from the Atlanta eleven yard line was batted down at the line of scrimmage. The Falcons blitzed Bollinger heavily and he stood in the pocket with remarkable composure. He was forced to run twice and though he only gained eight yards, he made at least one defender miss with a nifty move on each occasion. The majority of Bollinger's passes were short to medium routes.

2005 Week 9 vs SD (11 / 20 / 106 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)

Bollinger very nearly led the Jets to an improbable comeback victory over the Chargers. Entering a tough situation late in the third quarter with the team trailing and Vinny Testaverde injured, Bollinger calmly and coolly engineered two touchdown drives, both culminating in touchdown passes by Bollinger. The young QB never appeared flustered, even when facing a relentless pass rush. He wasn't asked to make many tough passes; with most of his passes targeted underneath to the tight ends and fullback (eight of 21 went to a TE or a FB). Bollinger very nearly won the ball game as well. After leading the Jets back to trail 31-26 late in the fourth quarter, Bollinger got the Jets to the San Diego three yard line. After a failed run and two incomplete passes, Bollinger lofted what appeared to be the go ahead touchdown to the corner of the end zone. Unfortunately for Bollinger, however, CB Quentin Jammer got his hand up just in time to knock the pass away. If not for an excellent defensive play, Bollinger might have thrown three second half touchdowns and led an incredible comeback against one of the AFC's top teams. That fact alone should get him a lot of consideration for the starting job in the immediate future.

2005 Week 10 vs CAR (11 / 21 / 98 / 0 / 4 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)

Bollinger entered the game having never thrown an interception in his young NFL career. He extended his streak from 77 to 91 pass attempts, and then everything went wrong. Three of his next four throws fell into enemy hands, and a fourth interception occurred just two plays later. Bollinger had trouble getting any passing game going, as he was under constant pressure all afternoon, getting sacked three times and hit or hurried on most pass attempts. He completed just 11 passes for the game (not counting the four completions to the Panthers) for a paltry 98 yards.

2005 Week 11 vs DEN (4 / 5 / 26 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)

Bollinger started the game, but played only in the first quarter; he was forced to leave the game after suffering an apparent concussion after an Al Wilson sack. Bollinger remained in the game for two more plays after he suffered the injury, throwing a deep incompletion to Justin McCareins and hitting Doug Jolley for a four yard gain. He did not return for the Jet's next offensive series. Bollinger showed some quickness by scrambling for seven yards, when he could find nobody open on a third and six play.

2005 Week 12 vs NO (19 / 28 / 251 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 15 / 0 rush)

Bollinger returned as the starter after suffering a concussion last week against Denver. Making just the fourth start in his young career, Bollinger provided the Jets with an encouraging performance completing 19 of 28 passes for 251 yards and a touchdown. Bollinger played mistake free throughout the entire game until the last drive when he bobbled a snap from the shotgun formation, falling on the ball for a loss of three yards. Those three yards proved costly as Nugent's game winning field goal attempt fell less than a yard short of the upright. All in all Bollinger played a very good game, showing confidence under pressure and making several nice throws between and over defenders. Bollinger broke a string of ten quarters without a touchdown for the Jets when he rolled to his right and zipped a strike over the middle to McCareins for a 27 yards touchdown.

2005 Week 13 vs NE (15 / 37 / 135 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)

Bollinger has led the Jets to exactly one touchdown in his last 44 possessions as a starter. That is an alarming statistic, but in his defense, it is not like the Jets were scoring many points with Vinny Testaverde and his zero touchdown passes at quarterback either. Bollinger who had a career best 251 passing yards (and that one touchdown) last week was under nearly constant pressure from the Patriot defense in this game. As a result, he was forced to rush many of his throws and his completion rate suffered. Bollinger who had a career best 251 passing yards (and that one touchdown) last week was under nearly constant pressure from the Patriot defense in this game. As a result, he was forced to rush many of his throws and his completion rate suffered. Bollinger's fifteen completions were spread among seven different receivers. He almost hit pay dirt when he just barely overthrew Justin McCareins on a deep route into the end zone. Bollinger threw one interception on New York's' final possession; he tried to hit Laveranues Coles on a third and nine pass and the ball fluttered with hangtime reminiscent of a punt. Bollinger was not helped by the New York ground game, which totaled a paltry 41 yards rushing. Bollinger's one rushing attempt was a 12 yard scramble for a first down and was New York's longest run of the day.

2005 Week 14 vs OAK (14 / 26 / 119 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 56 / 0 rush)

Bollinger finally led the Jets' offense to another touchdown. After leading one touchdown drive in his first 51 possessions as a starter, the Jets reached the end zone twice in the fourth quarter of this game. The best part about Bollinger's game was his running. He ran for 56 yards on six attempts, often picking up first downs on third and long scrambles. Only one of Bollinger's runs was a designed play; it went for a nine yard gain. Bollinger opened the game hitting six of his first seven passes, but finished the half two for his last ten. Bollinger exhibited solid control of the offense on the Jets' opening field goal drive and showed good arm strength at times. However, at other times, Bollinger did not put enough zip on his passes. In the second quarter Bollinger threw the ball slightly behind Laveranues Coles who was on his way into the end zone, but was bailed out by a pass interference call. Three plays later, he had Justin McCareins open in the end zone, but threw the ball late and too softly, allowing Stuart Schweigert to break up the pass. The Jets had to settle for a 20 yard Mike Nugent field goal. Bollinger's second half was more efficient. He was six for nine for 46 yards. He was the victim of a dropped touchdown by Doug Jolley in the third quarter. Bollinger threw the ball perfectly, but Jolley bobbled it and ultimately allowed safety Jarrod Cooper the chance to break up the pass. Again the Jets would settle for a Nugent field goal.

2005 Week 15 vs MIA (28 / 42 / 327 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 10 / 0 rush)

For a team that has had problems at the quarterback position, Bollinger had a big day in terms of numbers. He opened with a very nice play fake on the first play of the game completing a 12 yard pass to Justin McCareins, but the Jets went three and out shortly after that. He hit Coles in the second quarter for a four yard touchdown before halftime. He went into halftime completing 11 of his 16 passes for 132 yards. In the second half, he found Doug Jolley repeatedly and one was for a 60 yard touchdown that put the Jets up by seven points at that point. He continued to air the ball out and finished with 327 yards and no interceptions. He gave the Jets a great chance to win even though they did not take advantage of his great play.

2005 Week 16 vs NE (11 / 19 / 100 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)

Bollinger started his seventh consecutive game and got off to a rough start, as the Jets weren't able to get a first down in the first half. He was under heavy fire from the Patriots all game, and it was to his credit that he was only sacked three times. The blocking around him was horrid, and as a result he never had much time to find an open receiver downfield. His weak arm strength affected him on routes to the outside, but he was moderately effective down the field and on shorter passes to the middle. He threw a touchdown pass to Laveranues Coles in the fourth quarter on a nice deep pass.

2005 Week 17 vs BUF (11 / 20 / 153 / 0 / 0 pass, 7 / 12 / 0 rush)

Bollinger had a quiet day and was not very successful in general, but his statistics were padded by two big completions. A good kick return gave the Jets a short field on their fourth possession and Bollinger found Laveranues Coles with a 43 yard pass which gave the Jets a first and goal at the three yard line. That play set up the Jets' only offensive touchdown of the day. Bollinger kept another drive alive by scrambling on third and nine to get within inches of a first down, and then converted on fourth down with a quarterback sneak. He followed by connecting with Jerricho Cotchery for a 45 yard gain, hitting the receiver in stride. He was hit hard on one play and was seen rotating his arms on the sidelines, but he did not miss any playing time. Aside from the two big plays, Bollinger was restricted to short gains. He ended the day with 153 passing yards.