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Jerry Sullivan's Power Take: In old QB debate, Rob Johnson still a loser

Jerry Sullivan

The Doug Flutie-Rob Johnson controversy is a distant memory for Buffalo fans. But Sports Illustrated revived the debate in last week's feature on camp quarterback battles, in which they interviewed 10 ex-NFL players who were engaged in memorable QB competitions.

Flutie has the reputation as a selfish jerk, but it's Johnson who comes across as resentful and pathetic. He called Flutie's signing with the Bills a "joke." He talks about Flutie as a classic underdog and even mentioned Doug's commercials with his autistic son.

Johnson said his stats were better in 1998, the year Flutie took his job, led the Bills to the playoffs and was named comeback player of the year. It's laughable to compare stats. Some of his raw numbers were better in '98, in a much smaller sample. But anyone who watched that season knows Flutie was a better playmaker, leader and winner.

Johnson fails to mention that he was perhaps the most frequently sacked QB in NFL history. I dare you to find a QB who took sacks more often than Rob's 17 per 100 passes. That's why Wade Phillips kicked a field goal on first down in the Music City Miracle, leaving time for a kickoff. He was afraid Rob would get sacked.

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