Is NFL.com trying to start something? Who is the best QB in the NFC?
What’s wrong with this picture? If the choices between best QB in the NFC are between Drew Brees, Tony Romo, Matt Ryan and Matt Hasselbeck, we know, automatically, that winning has been REMOVED from the criteria for determining excellence at this position in this conference. For all of Brees’ success, the Saints defense has been driving in low gear for years. He has been better than advertised or anticipated, but he hasn’t been enough to change the fortunes of that franchise.
Since Romo is on the list, we know that work ethic and leadership have been removed from the list as well. His confession may have been good for the soul, but it has not been good for a team that has been predicted to great things for years. The Cowboys continue to underachieve — and now their fans can watch this continue on the largest television on the planet.
Ryan is talented, but he’s not in this conversation. He knows it. Tony Gonzalez knows it. Mike Mularkey knows it. He may be the only QB in the history of the NFL fortunate enough to have an offensive coordinator will to use the terminology of his old college system at the professional level. Ryan isn’t likely to “come back to earth” with the addition of Tony Gonzalez, but he’s not the best QB in the conference or his division.
Matt Hasselbeck missed much of last year and has only this year’s effort against the lowly Rams to contribute to this conversation. That’s not much. Next.
The most obvious omission from this list of QB’s is clearly no worse than 2nd on this list. Donovan McNabb didn’t make the cut. Given that for most of his career, McNabb has never played with receivers who could crack the Saints lineup, he probably deserves more consideration than Brees. Aaron Rodgers didn’t make the cut. Kurt Warner didn’t make the cut.
In all honesty, even Michael Vick deserves consideration ahead of players like Hasselbeck, Ryan, Romo and Brees who have yet to demonstrate the mettle to win in tough environments on the road in the post-season. Eli Manning (remember him?) has done that and he has a relatively shiny, relatively new Super Bowl ring, as well. Statistically he doesn’t measure up, but he’s in the conversation, albeit at the end.
Frankly, the short list is too damn short.