During the Monday Night Football showdown between the Saints and Miami Dolphins–when then latter was already dominating the game–an interesting stat went viral on Twitter. As Mike Triplett of ESPN shared, Notre Dame QBs have lost in 23 straight starts in the NFL. Apparently, the last Fighting Irish QB to win in his first start in the NFL was Brady Quinn in 2012.
An "oh my" stat from @ESPNStatsInfo: Notre Dame QBs have lost 23 straight starts in the NFL. The last win was by Brady Quinn in Week 13 of the 2012 season vs the Panthers.
— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) December 28, 2021
Well, we can make that 24 straight now.
Ian Book, who spent four years in Notre Dame before he was drafted in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, failed to propel the Saints past the Dolphins in a rather one-sided affair. There were not much expectations on the team, with their QB group hit with injuries and COVID-19, but there were some hopes Book can pull off a post-Christmas miracle and have a breakout game in his debut to lead the New Orleans to a Week 16 win.
The 23-year-old signal-caller struggled mightily, even throwing a pick-6 early in the contest to allow the Dolphins to get rolling. The Saints never recovered from that and eventually lost 20-3.
QB curse or not, it looks like Notre Dame products are having a rough stretch in the NFL.