A lot of poeple claim Brad Johnson it a good "game manager". I think this is just there way of pumping him up with some kind of intangabe that can't be proven or verified, just because they really like him. In the NFL the coaches all the plays, other than the ocacational audible. Game management is really a reflection of plays called by the head coach or o-coordinator, not anything the quarterback has done.
With that in mind, there is some "game management" with the way a quarterback throws on 3rd and 4th down. A quarterback's "game management" boils down to how well of a job he does keeping the drive alive and the chains moving when passing on those downs.
For the 2005 season, on third and fourth down Johnson completed 55.6% of his passes. He conveted 29.5% of 3rd and 4th down attempts when passing. The guy flat out can not move the chains when asked to. I think this is why Childress keeps refering to him as the starter "for now".
Many claim that Johnson is a good decision maker and he can read a defense. Good indicators of the ability to make decisions and read defenses is performance on 3rd downs, when blitzed, and in the red zone. On 3rd downs, NFL teams basically know you are passing and the defenses are at their most creative to stop the pass. Performance on blitzes shows the QBs ability to make decisions under pressure and find the open man in a very short time. Performance in the red zone shows what he can do with a short field in critical situations.
IN 2005, Johnson's numbers in those areas were less than impressive.
3rd down - Att 85 Comp 48 Pct 56.5 Yards 505 TD 2 Int 1 (Rating 76.8)
Blitz - Att 108 Comp 59 Yards 657 Pct54.6 TD 3 Int 2 (Rating 74.5)
Red Zone - Att 38 Comp 20 Yards 170 Avg 4.47 TD 11 Int 2 (Rating 82.2)
They are much lower than or about equal(depending on the catagory) to that of a certain QB from Atlanta that almost everyone seems to rag on for his lack of passing ability. Mike Vick's statistics in those areas for the 2005 season are as follows.
3rd down - Att 107 Comp 58 Yards 721 Comp 54.2 TD 4 Int 3 (Rating 76.1)
Blitz - Comp 137 Att 79 Yards 897 Comp 57.7 TD 9 Int 3 (Rating 90.2)
Red Zone - Att 50 Comp 25 Yards 186 Comp 50.0 TD 12 Int 1 (Rating 90.5)
Can we get off the Brad Johnson bandwagon now?