Scott Mitchell (American football)

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Scott Mitchell
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1968-01-02) January 2, 1968 (age 46)
Place of birth: Salt Lake City, Utah
Career information
College: Utah
NFL Draft: 1990 / Round: 4 / Pick: 93
Debuted in 1991 for the Miami Dolphins
Last played in 2001 for the Cincinnati Bengals
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Pass completions 1,301
Pass attempts 2,346
Percentage 55.5
Passing yards 15,692
TDINT 95–81
QB Rating 75.3
Stats at

William Scott Mitchell (born January 2, 1968)[1] is a former professional American football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League for 12 seasons. He played for the Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL, and also the Orlando Thunder of the World League of American Football. Mitchell played college football for the University of Utah.

College career[edit]

  • 1987: 109/188 for 1,448 yards with 9 TD vs 4 INT
  • 1988: 323/533 for 4,322 yards with 29 TD vs 15 INT
  • 1989: 237/444 for 3,211 yards with 31 TD vs 19 INT

Professional career[edit]

Mitchell was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the fourth round (93rd overall) of the 1990 NFL Draft. After serving three years as Dan Marino's back-up, Mitchell became the Dolphins' starting quarterback in 1993 when Marino was injured. Mitchell was signed as a free agent by the Detroit Lions in 1994.

Mitchell led a Detroit offense that included running back Barry Sanders and receivers Herman Moore and Brett Perriman. However, in 1994—his first season as a starter for the Lions—Mitchell struggled. In a loss to the Green Bay Packers, Mitchell went down with an injury,[2] and was replaced by backup quarterback Dave Krieg, who led the team to the 1994 playoffs. Offensive tackle Lomas Brown, on ESPN program "First Take" later admitted to purposefully missing a block that resulted in this injury, as he was upset over Mitchell's poor play.[3] However, a review of game film and play-by-play logs of the game by football historian Andy Barall fails to corroborate Brown's recollection of what occurred.[4] Mitchell regained his starting position the following year.

In 1995, he set single-season records for the Lions in touchdown passes (32) and passing yards (4,338), both of which were later broken by Matthew Stafford. Mitchell's Lions made the NFL playoffs in 1995 and 1997. Mitchell stayed with the Lions through the 1998 season, when he lost the starting quarterback job to rookie Charlie Batch. He would complete his career with stints with the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals.

Coaching career[edit]

In February 2008, Mitchell was announced as the football head coach of his alma mater, Springville High School in Utah.[5]

In January 2012, Mitchell stepped down from his coaching position to spend more time on his software business.[6]


  1. ^ "Scott Mitchell NFL & AFL Football Statistics". Retrieved July 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ Busbee, Jay (2012-12-23). "Lions lineman Lomas Brown confesses he once let quarterback Scott Mitchell get injured". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  3. ^ "The Lions’ Lomas Brown Says He Deliberately Let QB Scott Mitchell Get Injured In 1994". Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Barall, Andy (2012), Lomas Brown, Scott Mitchell and What the Tape Reveals, The New York Times, retrieved December 28, 2012 
  5. ^ Rayburn, Jim (February 8, 2008). "Coming home: Mitchell returns to coach Springville". Deseret News. Retrieved July 23, 2011. 
  6. ^ Zundel, Rod (January 27, 2012). "Scott Mitchell resigns as Springville head coach".