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Old 01-11-2007, 01:35 PM   #1
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Default NFL Quarterback Discussion

Within the wonderful walls of the National Football League, there's many issues of debate, especially now that's we're entering the second round of this year's playoffs. This topic isn't about that. I've already endured a week-long war of words with bandwagon Chargers fans who believe they're a lock for the Superbowl despite going up against one of the most (if not the most) clutch QBs in all of football. Which brings me to the purpose of creating this thread. I want to discuss NFL quarterbacks from many different perspectives. If this doesn't interest you, do some jackass sh*t like jumping off a 50 foot building with a 60 foot bungee cable.

The obvious, and effortless question would be, who's the best quarterback in the NFL?. Maybe we can touch on that towards the end. This debate will be a little more in-depth. We'll discuss the different attributes, skills, mechanics and characteristics that make a quarterback who he is, and more importantly, their grade among their counterparts. We all have a favorite quarterback, but if you add your $0.02 to this discussion, please be unbiased in your opinions. If you're on the Bears' bandwagon, and think Rex Grossman is atop the quarterback mountain, you don't belong in this thread. The rules are simple; be unbiased, and present your case with facts and well debated opinions.

Having said that, let's begin. I'll present some issues we can start with, and if anyone wants to add categories of debate or discussion, please feel free. I'd like to start with a characteristic trait that's invaluable at this position, and probably the most overlooked, which is Leadership. Before I list who I believe ranks among the best and worst, I'll list what I believe to be important factors when determining what makes a good leader at this position, and vise versa. All lists will include quarterbacks who have started at least one game in the 2006 NFL season.

First and foremost, being the QB position is the most critical position on both sides of the ball (no matter how offensively or defensively oriented the team is), you must accept the bulk of the responsibility for winning or losing football games. If you pass for 400 yards, have 4 TDs and played a flawless game, however your defense played horrible enough to lose the game, that isn't the QB's fault, however, if the QB points fingers and belittles his team (especially) to the media, he's not a leader in my book. If a QB blames his receivers or lack thereof for not winning, he's not a leader. It's the QB's responsibility to develop a strong trustworthy rapport with his receivers. Sure, the receivers must do their part as well, but ultimately, it's the QB's role to unite everyone together off the field, so on-the-field they trust one another when the game is on the line. A leader must also keep his cool when sh*t hits the fan. A leader will never give up if they're being blown out in a game. A leader must also think of what's best for the team versus always thinking of what's best for him. This could be in terms of demanding a higher salary, demanding more throws, better weapons (receivers), etc. A good leader has a very trusting and positive relationship with his head coach and GM of operations. A good leader loves the franchise and the city he plays for, despite any complications whatsoever. The leadership perspective is 99% driven from actions off-field, however, these actions whether good or bad, will transpire onto the field.

The following is Top 5 and Bottom 5 quarterbacks I rank in terms of Leadership:

Top 5

● Tom Brady
● Carson Palmer
● Peyton Manning
● Matt Hasselbeck
● Donovan McNabb

Bottom 5

● Aaron Brooks
● Joey Harrington
● Michael Vick
● Eli Manning
● Rex Grossman

Let's switch gears to an on-the-field element at the quarterback position. Best Decision Risk Takers. To elaborate, to be in this category you must be a risk taking quarterback first and foremost. Highly conservative guys like Brad Johnson, Mark Burnell or even Tom Brady, obviously would not fit. Secondly, to be at the pinnacle of this list, you must make for the most part good decisions when taking the occasional risk. I'm excluding Peyton Manning, Carson Palmer and Drew Brees from this list because they're of a higher caliber of more accurate risk takers, which could equate to their normal game.

The following is Top 5 and Bottom 5 quarterbacks I rank in terms of Best Decision Risk Takers:

Top 5

● Matt Hasselbeck
● Jake Delhomme
● Eli Manning
● Brett Favre
● J.P. Losman

Bottom 5

● Jon Kitna
● Joey Harrington
● Charlie Frye
● Rex Grossman
● Ben Roethlisberger

I'll do one more list in my initial post for this thread. This one will be more opinion based, probably resulting in greater debate. Which fresh QBs of today, will be tomorrow's superstars? We're talking Future Success here. The rule will be, you can only list QBs with two years or less experience as a starting QB in the NFL. This does not include any current college football quarterbacks.

The following is Top 5 and Bottom 3 quarterbacks I rank in terms of Future Success:

Top 5

● Vince Young
● Philip Rivers
● Matt Leinart
● J.P. Losman
● Alex Smith

Bottom 5

● Charlie Frye
● Tony Romo
● Jay Cutler

If anyone would like to chime in and discuss my ranks or re-rank with your views, please feel free. If you'd like to add new categories, that'd be even better. I'll be back to add more to this down the road.

More to come...
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