A follow blog of sorts to today's column...
The Kansas City Star
Wait, the two Super Bowl coaches are brothers? Why hasn’t anyone mentioned this?
And Ray Lewis is RETIRING? I wonder if he’ll reference religion.
Today’s column is about Joe Flacco and the debate we’re all about to get sucked into about what constitutes an elite quarterback. Flacco is good, strong arm, calm presence, better than he’s been given credit for in his five NFL seasons. He’s won at least one playoff game each season, the first quarterback ever to open a career like that, and this is now two straight AFC championship games where he’s outplayed Tom Brady on the road. He can be a Super Bowl champion at 28, and that’s a pretty good place to focus the pro-Flacco movement.
Except, then, there’s this: how would you rank the quarterbacks in today’s NFL? To win a game tomorrow, how many would you take over Flacco? I could five no-brainers:
Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, and Ben Roethlisberger.
That doesn’t include Peyton Manning, Colin Kaepernick, Matt Ryan, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin or Brady Quinn, and most of those I’m serious about.
Point is, if we want the word “elite” to mean anything, we better not stick it on guys we don’t think are at least one of the best five of 32. If you miss five of 32 questions on a quiz, that’s 84 percent, you guys.