The label “Franchise Quarterback” is thrown around too often these days. Just because a player is a starter for his team and they might make the playoffs occasionally does not mean he’s a “Franchise Quarterback.” The purpose of this countdown is to pick the quarterback with the best chance to turn a team into a Team of the Decade (i.e. win as many Super Bowls as possible in a 10-year stretch).
Why use a decade? Because we’re using ages 25-35 as a quarterback’s prime. I’m also using 38 as the end of a career. I realize a QB could win a Super Bowl after 38, but for the purposes of this exercise, that’s the oldest a player could win one. Coincidentally, the oldest to win one is John Elway – at 38 – in Super Bowl XXXIII.
Why did I say “turn a team into a Team of the Decade” instead of “turn HIS team into one?” Because I’m doing my best to remove a player’s surrounding factors from his evaluation. Stats only tell part of the story – as do the players surrounding a QB.
Here are the factors I will consider:
– Age (at the beginning of the 2012 NFL season)
– Years Experience (including the current 2011 season)
– Attributes (size, speed, overall skill – again, trying to keep this independent of surrounding players)
– “Intangibles” (which I don’t know how to explain because, by definition, they’re not tangible)
This will be a multi-part series that includes 40 quarterbacks – 33 from the NFL and 7 from college football. Not every team is included as some QBs simply weren’t considered skilled enough or were too old to turn their careers around and win multiple titles in a short window.
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