Going through the white-hot Dolphins with a depleted lineup, the percentages had been already stacked in opposition to Saints rookie quarterback Ian Book when he took the sector for his NFL debut on Monday evening. Maybe unbeknownst to him, there was one other issue at play working in opposition to him: the current historical past of former Notre Dame quarterbacks shedding in the NFL.
With the Saints’s 20–3 loss, former Preventing Irish quarterbacks have now misplaced in 24 consecutive NFL begins, according to ESPN Stats & Info. The streak dates again to 2012, and stands because the longest such drought since 1950.
It began with Brady Quinn, who misplaced the final 4 begins of his profession with the Chiefs in 2012. The baton was then handed to Jimmy Clausen, who misplaced the final 4 begins of his profession from 2014–15. Then it was DeShone Kizer’s flip, who misplaced 15 begins for the Browns in 2017 as Cleveland went winless for the season.
Book’s first profession begin was an evening to overlook. He threw an interception that was returned for a landing on his second move try of the evening. The Saints punted on their subsequent three drives, netting zero mixed yards throughout that stretch, earlier than getting a subject objective with beneath three minutes left in the half.
New Orleans went scoreless in seven second-half possessions, with 4 punts, one turnover on downs and one interception earlier than operating out the clock to finish the sport.
Book completed the sport 12-for-20 for 135 yards and two interceptions. He was sacked eight occasions, and the Saints had been an abysmal 0-for-12 on third down makes an attempt.
The Saints play host to the Panthers in Week 17, who’ve misplaced 5 in a row. Whereas it’s unclear whether or not Book will get an opportunity to begin, Carolina would characterize an excellent likelihood to finish Notre Dame’s dubious drought.
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