The conclusion of Week 6 of the UFL season marks the start of the teams’ push to earn a spot in the 2024 UFL playoffs. The quality of the team’s quarterback depth can determine their best opportunity to make the playoffs and compete for a championship. The Birmingham Stallions started the season knowing they would rotate quarterbacks each week. Still, other teams like the San Antonio Brahmas and Michigan Panthers rely on their backup quarterback as their starter.

The teams that have the depth at quarterback to quickly transition from their original starting quarterback to the next starting quarterback have a significant competitive advantage over the course of the UFL season. For all of the UFL teams, the quarterback leading the teams offense is not just a player, but a key factor in whether or not they can qualify for the playoffs or find themselves simply playing out the rest of the season. As teams hit the backstretch of the season, quarterback stability could be a determining factor in deciding which teams will be in the UFL playoffs.

Let’s look at how the quarterbacks of the UFL performed in Week 6.  

 #1 Adrian Martinez, Birmingham Stallions (6-0)

During Week 6, the Birmingham Stallions became the first UFL team to earn a playoff spot. The Stallions won their sixth game of the UFL season with a strong effort by quarterback Adrian Martinez. Martinez threw 23 completions on 36 pass attempts for 368 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions in their victory over the Memphis Showboats. Martinez led the league in Week 6 with a quarterback efficiency rating of 186.4.

#2 Jordan Ta’amu, DC Defenders (3-3)

The DC Defenders won a massive 18-12 win against the San Antonio Brahmas in Week 6. That win kept the Defenders in the UFL playoff race, and Jordan Ta’Amu’s performance was critical in the Defenders’ winning effort. Ta’amu completed 14 out of 22 passes for 179 yards, resulting in one touchdown and no interceptions. He also added four runs for 7 yards. The Defenders quarterback earned a big win and had a quarterback efficiency rating of 147.

#3 AJ McCarron, Saint Louis Battlehawks (5-1)

The Saint Louis Battlehawks have risen to the top of the XFL Conference behind the consistent effort of quarterback AJ McCarron. This week, McCarron led the Battlehawks to a victory over the Houston Roughnecks. McCarron completed 23 out of 37 pass attempts for 255 yards, resulting in three touchdowns and one interception, and he added five runs for four yards. In Week 6, McCarron had a 144.1 quarterback efficiency rating.

#4 Case Cookus and Troy Williams, Memphis Showboats (1-5)

The Memphis Showboats have struggled to protect their quarterbacks this season. Due to the number of hits taken by Showboats quarterbacks, they must split quarterback time between Case Cookus and Troy Williams. This week, Cookus completed 14 out of 23 passes for 115 yards, resulting in a touchdown and no interceptions, and Troy Williams completed six passes out of 13 attempts for 65 yards, resulting in one touchdown and one interception. The combined quarterback rating for the Showboats quarterbacks this week was 109.9.

#5 Danny Etling, Michigan Panthers (4-2)

The Michigan Panthers are one of many UFL teams that are relying on their depth at the quarterback position to allow themselves to be a championship contender. With EJ Perry out, Danny Etling took advantage of the opportunity, leading the Panthers to a last-second win over the Arlington Renegades. In a winning effort, Etling completed 16 out of 28 passes for 202 yards, resulting in one touchdown and no interceptions. Etling earned a quarterback efficiency rating of 129.5.

#6 Luis Perez, Arlington Renegades (0-6)

The Arlington Renegades have struggled to find a win in the UFL during the 2024 season. Each week, they have put themselves in a position to have a chance to get their first win but find a way to come up short. During their six-game losing streak, Luis Perez has played consistently, and this week, he completed 24 out of 27 passes for 180 yards, resulting in one touchdown and no interceptions. During the Renegades losing effort, Perez earned a quarterback efficiency rating of 114.6.

#7 Quinten Dormady, San Antonio Brahmas (4-2)

The San Antonio Brahmas and quarterback needed help finding a rhythm while visiting the DC Defenders. Dormady completed 16 out of 26 passes for only 70 yards, but he did throw one touchdown pass, along with one interception. Dormady also added 30 yards rushing with three rush attempts. In Week 6, Dormady’s quarterback efficiency rating was a dismal 89.2.

#8 Reid Sinnett, Houston Roughnecks (1-5)

The Houston Roughnecks are another UFL team that consistently has struggled to protect their quarterbacks. Quarterback Reid Sinnett has attempted to step into the starting quarterback role and lead the Roughnecks offense successfully, but he has struggled to help the Roughnecks secure victories consistently. This week, Sinnett completed 19 out of 34 passes for 135 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. Like Dormady, Sinnett earned a Week 6 quarterback efficiency rating of 89.2. 

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Aaron Sauter
Aaron Sauter is a 23-veteran high school football coach that is also an fan of all levels of football. He is especially interested in alternative football leagues like the CFL, UFL, and IFL. Aaron enjoys analyzing innovative schemes on offense and defense during his free time.

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