Nagle, Browning

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But, but, I've got great arm strength!
Browning Nagle was a quarterback for the New York Jets from 1991 to 1993. A mistake. A very, very big mistake.


Background and College career

Nagle was born April 29, 1968 in Philadelphia. Drafted by the Boston Red Sox after his senior year in Pinellas Park (Fla.) High School as a pitcher and an outfielder, Nagle was redshirted as a freshman at West Virginia in 1986 and sat out the 1987 season under N.C.A.A. rules after transfering to Louisville. He threw for 2,601 yards in 1990 and, despite only two years as a starter, finished third among the Cardinals' career passers with 5,104 yards. Nagle threw for 451 yards and was named most valuable player of the Fiesta Bowl.

Nagle's NFL career

Jets career

Nagle was taken with the seventh pick of the second round (34th overall) of the 1991 NFL Draft. 'You're going to ask why a quarterback?' said General Manager Dick Steinberg, 'I know we need defense, but if a quarterback is the best player, you pick him, and he was the best player.' Head coach Bruce Coslet was equally enthusaiastic. 'I feel great, we said two days ago that we'd be very happy if we ended up with Browning Nagle. We like most of all his strength and his velocity.'

Nagle supposedly had a great arm but despite this, he simply sucked. His excuse? "In certain situations we'd be down and the competitor in me would want to get it all back in one play. That impatience makes for bad plays, mistakes, and turnarounds." Nagle never managed over a 50% completion rate and managed 12 fumbles in 1992. Finally in 1993, Coslet had had enough, and named Boomer Esiason the starter. As Coslet said "Right now we have a better chance with Boomer." It was the beginning of the end for Nagle. By the end of the season he was on his way out. His last appearance as a Jet came in a 24-0 loss to the Houston Oilers.

Stats as a Jet

    Passing   Rushing
Season QB RAT Att Comp Pct Yds Avg TD INT Att Yds Avg TD
1991 64.6 2 1 50.0 10 5.0 0 0 1 -1 -1.0 0
1992 55.7 387 192 49.6 2280 5.89 7 17 24 57 2.4 0
1993 58.9 14 6 42.9 71 5.1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0
Totals 55.9 403 199 49.4 2361 5.9 7 17 25 56 2.2 0

Post Jets career

Nagle then went to the Indianapolis Colts, followed by 2 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, and was out of the NFL after 1996.

Post NFL career

He then spent 2 seasons in the Arena Football League, then retired to play pro-celebrity golf. Nobody misses him.

Preceded by Jets Starting Quarterback Succeeded by
Ken O'Brien 1992 Boomer Esiason

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