PSA to the NFL: Seeking a QB? Avoid Notre Dame

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NFL teams with question marks surrounding the game’s most important position should avoid searching Notre Dame for answers. After Irish alum Ian Book quarterbacked the Saints to a loss on Monday Night Football, Notre Dame QB’s have now lost 24-consecutive NFL starts.


NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – NOVEMBER 14:  Ian Book #16 of the New Orleans Saints warms up before a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on November 14, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Titans defeated the Saints 23-21.  
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The last ND signal caller to start and get a win in the NFL: Brady Quinn back in 2012.

PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 31, 2017: Quarterback DeShone Kizer #7 of the Cleveland Browns carries the ball downfield in the third quarter of a game on December 31, 2017 against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won 28-24.
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In keeping with tradition, Book was under center for New Orleans’ 20-3 loss to Miami on Monday night. A rookie making his first-career start, Book completed just 12 of 20 passes for 120 yards. He was sacked eight times and intercepted twice, including a pick six on his second throw of the game.

09 SEP 2006: Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn during the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 41-17 victory over the Penn State Nitany Lions at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. Quinn would complete 25 of 36 passes for 287 yards and 3 touchdowns in the win.
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“I’ve got a lot to get better at. It’s bad. We didn’t score a touchdown,” said Book. “You can’t win a game that way.” Book continued: “That’s a terrible feeling, throwing a pick-six in your debut. I’ve thrown one pick-six in my life, so that sucks.”

That’s a feeling that Kizer, Clausen and Quinn know all too well.

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