The most storied class of quarterbacks in NFL history, the six who were selected in the first round of the 1983 draft, has been downright mediocre in '89. In fact, as a group their season is so crummy it resembles the career of the prototypical journeyman signal caller Gary Hogeboom (fifth round, 1980), now of the Cardinals. John Elway of the Broncos (page 34) and Dan Marino of the Dolphins are playing erratically. Todd Blackledge of the Steelers flopped as a replacement for the injured Bubby Brister. Tony Eason of the Patriots is fourth string. Ken O'Brien of the Jets was benched for a start. Only Jim Kelly of the Bills, who has missed three games with a separated shoulder, has had a strong season. Collectively, the six have had about the same number of pass attempts (1,123) this year as Hogeboom has had in his 10 seasons (1,186). Here are how the six have performed statistically so far and how their '89 numbers compare with the career numbers of Hogeboom.
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