I stepped back and realized that there’s definitely truth to what he was saying.¬† Baldy was on NFL Network again last night and he explained that McNabb didn’t play great football in some of the biggest games of his career.
His passes weren’t pinpoint on target.¬† His reading of the defenses and decision-making wasn’t great in those championship games when it needed to be.
He’s telling the truth, but what he’s not telling is that the quarterbacks who he worships and gushes over, like Peyton Manning and Brett Favre are also flawed quarterbacks and have failed time and time again in the same situations.
I know this isn’t politically correct to day but the truth of matter is that there are no Michael Jordans amongst today’s NFL quarterbacks.
Meaning I haven’t seen one of these quarterbacks who didn’t have flaws in both his play and his resume.¬†¬† There isn’t a quarterback in the game today and that includes Manning, Favre, Tom Brady, Drew Brees who don’t have weaknesses.
Michael Jordan was the complete basketball player who was great at every area and he stepped his game up in big situations.¬† You can’t say that about any of these quarterbacks.
I will be Brady credit for a being a big game quarterback, but neither Manning or Favre have ever put a team on their backs and said follow me, we’re going to win it all, then gone out and done it.
They’re no different from McNabb in that respect.¬† Both of them have come up short with the money on the line time and time again, but you won’t hear Baldy or other guys in the media tell the truth about them.
Manning may be the greatest regular season quarterback in NFL history.¬† He has had unbelievable performances in the regular season but you don’t see the same quarterback in playoff games.
Year after year he fades in playoff games.¬† He played mediocre in the one Super Bowl that the Colts won.¬† Unlike Jordan who took his game up to another level with championships on the line, Manning folds.
He didn’t earn the MVP trophy in the Super Bowl, it was given to him by the same media that covers up for him.¬†¬† The Colts got great games from their running backs and their defense which sealed the game with an interception return for a touchdown.
In fact you could say McNabb with all his legtimate flaws, has been as good a playoff quarterback as Manning, who is more accurate and a better regular season quarterback, plus he’s been playing with Hall of Fame receivers his entire career.
In 2002, the Colts lost to the Jets 41-0 in a playoff game.¬† How do you explain a great quarterback like Manning playing this poorly in a playoff game?¬† Tell me that’s not choking.
In 2004 he threw 49 touchdown passes in the regular season, then was able to lead the Colts to only 3 points in the playoffs against the same Patriot team which beat the Eagles in the Super Bowl that year, 24-21.
McNabb isn’t as good as Manning yet he led his team to 21 points against the same defense which held Manning’s team to 3.¬†¬† So McNabb’s a choker, but Manning isn’t.
I thought Manning played the best he’s ever played in the post season this year but of course he made a costly mistake at the end of this year’s Super Bowl.
While we’re talking about interceptions, we have to talk about Mr. Favre or should I say Mr. Interception.
Many of Favre’s seasons have ended in the same way that the NFC Championship game ended, with him carelessly throwing away the Vikings chances of going to and winning a Super Bowl.
Don’t get me wrong, he’s got a great arm and he’s daring, but there’s a chip loose in his head and it’s always capable making a horrible decision in key moments.
Do you remember that punt he threw to end the Eagles-Packers 4th and 26 playoff game?
The guy has thrown more interceptions than any quarterback in league history and he’s been a underachiever because he proved this past year he can stay away from interceptions if he really wants to do so.
Throughout his career he has refused to be disciplined with the football, but hasn’t been adequately criticized for it.
If you want to talk about a flawed quarterback, you’ve got one in Favre.
He didn’t play great in the Super Bowl which the Packers won.¬† The Pack was aided by a kickoff return by Desmond Howard, the game’s MVP,¬† and Favre had mediocre stats.
McNabb has flaws in his game but¬† he’s not alone.
We’ll find the same thing in Kevin Kolb’s game, but that doesn’t mean we can’t win the Super Bowl.¬† A good team will win with their passing game, running game, defense and special teams.
If all of these areas of the team weren’t very important then we wouldn’t be making such a big deal about the draft.
Championship coaches¬† find ways to win championships with flawed quarterbacks because that’s really all you have to work with.
Teams win Super Bowls not individuals.
To Be Continued.
Join me and the other GCobb.com¬† writers at P.J. Whelihan’s on Rte. 70, in Cherry Hill on Monday night April 12th at 7pm.¬† We’re going to do a mock draft and go through all of the options that the Eagles will have in the first round.