- 06/22/2012, 04:33PM ET
Gruden said 06/22, 04:33 PM
For my first choice, I'll take a guy with over a 64% win record, over 20,000 passing yards, 149 career touchdowns and a season last year that that was actually statistically #1 in the NFL....yet he still missed the playoffs.
No quarterback has more headlines and publicity with so very little to show for it. He dates famous people, married Ms Missouri, and is constantly listed in the top whatever in the NFL when you list the best quarterbacks. He has done it all, it would seem.
Yet with all of this success, he has exactly one playoff win to his credit. And many playoff games where he was the scapegoat for his team's losing. Maybe he fumbled a snap on a kick, maybe he fumbled the ball trying to run it into the end zone, maybe he threw an interception. Whatever happened, he lost the game.
This guy has skill. He has more raw ability than nearly every other quarterback in the NFL. His team is consistently solid. But for some reason they lose when it matters. And until he wins a Super Bowl, he will always be considered an underachiever.
Obviously, my first choice for a quarterback under the most pressure THIS SEASON, is Tony Romo.
DJRoxalot said 06/23, 12:11 AM
The San Diego Chargers had an excellent QB who they let walk as a FA and he went to New Orleans and won the Saints their first ever Super Bowl.
Philip Rivers took over the starting QB job in 2006 and led them to a 14-2 regular season record. Since then, they have gone
and a combined 17-15 the last 2 years.
Philip Rivers is just 3-4 in the playoffs. He is a huge reason why.
58.5%, 260ypg, 7.95 ypa, 8 TD's, 9 INT's with a 79.2 Passer Rating.
He doesn't step up when SD needs him to.
The Chargers haven't made the playoffs since 2009.
At some point they have to ask themselves if Rivers is really the guy they want to have QB their team.
Not to mention, Eli Manning (the player he was traded for) has 2 Super Bowl wins.
"But for some reason they lose when it matters. And until he wins a Super Bowl, he will always be considered an underachiever."
First, they had Wade Phillips who isn't HC material and they followed that by promoting Jason Garrett to the HC position and too many times he has Romo slinging the ball 40-plus times a game.
Gruden said 06/24, 04:14 PM
My second choice is a quarterback that needs to win as much for his team and fan pressure as he does for his own personal legacy.
Peyton Manning is one of the best statistical quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. He holds records others could only dream of. But that's regular season. Winning 11 or more games every year and making the playoffs is just second nature to him. But in those playoffs, he has a 9-10 record, and 4 of those wins were in the one Super Bowl winning year. Beyond that he's 5-10 in the playoffs.
Yet Denver still gave him $18 million this year, and nearly $100 million over next 5 ($58 million GUARANTEED), to replace one of Denver's most loved players and lead them to the title. In Indy, Peyton had a loving audience who was just as happy with a ring as not. In Denver, he'll find the fans aren't so forgiving. They cheered the departure of Tim Tebow, and they loved him! But they cheered because Peyton was coming to down. And he'll be expected to win immediately.
John Elway expects it to, so he can prove to the fans how great of a manager he is.
The pressure is on no quarterback like it is on Manning in 2012.
DJRoxalot said 06/24, 09:21 PM
The Baltimore Ravens have had a very good defense for a long time, but their defense is getting older and aging.
My next selection is Joe Flacco. Flacco is entering his 5th professional season, but he has been unable to lead them to a Super Bowl win.
He has an excellent RB in Ray Rice, no shortage of talented WR's in Derrick Mason (no longer with the team), Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, and as previously mentioned an excellent defense.
So why hasn't he been able to win a Super Bowl?
It comes down to execution. Or the lack of it. He is just 5-4 in the postseason as a starting QB.
54.3%, 170.2ypg, 6.2ypa, 8 TD's, 8 INT's with a 70.4 Passer Rating
are his postseason numbers. Those are well below his career numbers in the regular season. He doesn't embracer the spotlight once the playoffs start. This is not something that can be taught. You either have it or you don't.
Gruden said 06/25, 09:46 AM
here is no quarterback in the NFL under more pressure to win, and win it all, than Michael Vick.
Either he is as great as some say he is, or he is as bad as others say he is. The only person in the league that can answer this is Michael Vick himself.
Now I realize the risk of this pick, since most people don't want him to win. But that's not my argument here. He served his time. He completed all aspects of his punishment. But none of that means anything to Eagles fans if he doesn't win.
He was supposed to win last season, but the team fell off the rails rather quickly, and never got back on.
Now this season the had what can only be described as an "A" on their draft. They made great moves AGAIN in free agency. So it all comes down to this:
Either Michael Vick is a superstar or a failure at QB. The only way he can answer this is to win...NOW.
DJRoxalot said 06/25, 10:17 AM
For my 3rd pick I almost went with Jay Cutler, but I found a QB that has even more pressure on him this season:
Alex Smith made the NFC title game last season with a great defense and a pretty good playoff performance against the Saints.
However, they were chasing after a HOF QB in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes.
There will be a lot of pressure on Smith to perform this season, especially after the 49ers went out and upgraded the offense by signing RB Brandon Jacobs, WR's Mario Manningham and Randy Moss. They also drafted RB LaMichael James and WR AJ Jenkins.
"He was supposed to win last season, but the team fell off the rails rather quickly, and never got back on."
When creating this TD I thought of Vick, but he was getting beat up last season behind that offensive line and this season he won't have Jason Peters (he ruptured his Achilles tendon again in May) so Vick could end up getting hurt yet again.
Good TD Gruden.
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