I almost started a new thread but not sure it's worth it. Was afraid it would digress into a **** session. We already have enough of those. But if we are going to compare Kirk to Alex, the best is Kirk last year vs. Alex this year. That's when they had the closest to the same team around them. Is it perfect? Of course not. But it's better than comparing Alex here to Kirk in Minnesota. Hopefully we can all agree MN has better overall talent. If not, I just cannot help you. maybe you should start watching tennis.
Anyway, Kirk has the overall edge in most categories but he is not blowing Alex away. There is one category that Alex is leading in that's pretty damn important - last year after 5 gms the record was 2-3. This year 3-2. I totally get the D is better - or at least playing better. But if you look at the D last year coming out of KC, the numbers were very similar. That's when the injuries started happening. It's kind of interesting.
Not sure it makes any statement. I am sure those wanting to believe Kirk is much better will find ways the data say that. Those wanting to say Alex is no worse will believe that and try to make that case.
For me, it's looks pretty close in many areas. There are a few that are noticeably different in Kirk's favor:
TDs - You could argue that's because there is a better running game and the RBs are getting a few more TDs. Last year Kirk led all runners in TDs with 4. Not a good stat. Right now we have 5 rushing TDs so far. Last year the team had 10 all year, including Kirk's 4. I did not look to see exactly how many rushing TDs after 5 gms but I would guess it's less than 5, and Kirk had one of those as Alex has one this year.
Sacks - This is interesting. If the ints were different you could make the case he is taking more sacks to keep the ints down. I think that's the case, but Kirk was pretty good on both. And Alex actually has 1 more than Kirk at the same time last year. Maybe that's a line issue? The line didn't start getting banged up until a few more games in last year. But when it did it was crazy.
Rushing YDs - more the yds/carry. Alex is supposed to be more mobile which I would see as more rushing atts (yes), with more efficiency since it should be more when things break down. I was saying last year I thought Kirk should run more. He threw some bad passes when he had 10 - 15 yds in front of him.
What's really interesting is that Alex has more attempts than Kirk at this time. I have not checked but I wonder if that's due to more possessions - the D getting the ball back more. Any way, there is a lot more dissection that can be done. But here are the raw numbers.
I plan to update this each week for my own amusement. Will post in case anyone is interested.