The five elite quarterbacks in the NFL
June, 27, 2011
By Adam Schefter | ESPN Insider
US PresswireAaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger are two of the league's best quarterbacks.Adam Schefter often answers readers' questions in his blog. Got a query of your own? Submit it here.
Q: Joe Flacco doesn't get enough credit in my opinion. He has led his team to the AFC title game in two of his three years, and had a great vertical passing game despite playing with possession receivers. Isn't he an elite QB?
-- Doris (D.C.)
A: Elite, Doris? No, not yet. He still has to get the Ravens to the next level, which he has not done. Flacco has been good, much in the way that Matt Ryan, his fellow draftmate quarterback, has been good. They've been good enough to get their teams to the playoffs, but not good enough to get to the final Sunday of the season. Until they do, they can't be considered elite. The elite quarterbacks in this game today are Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger. What's the one thing that all these quarterbacks share? Hint: They've done something that Flacco, and Ryan, have not. It is why they're elite --- and why other quarterbacks still are working to get there.
Q: In Football Outsiders' continuing "Most Disappointing" series, they ranked the ten most disappointing playoff teams. Who would be a couple on your list?
-- Trent (Conn.)
A: Do you mean all-time playoff disappointments, Trent? If so, that would be any No. 1 seed that was bounced in the first round of the playoffs, like the Denver Broncos were against the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1996. The other hugely disappointing team was the great 1998 Minnesota Vikings team that lost the NFC Championship Game at home to the Atlanta Falcons. That was a huge disappointment. The Dallas Cowboys have flopped in the playoffs a couple of times, most notably when the Giants beat them in the year that they went on to win the Super Bowl. The Chiefs have suffered some crushing home playoff losses after securing the AFC's No. 1 seed. The Chargers made a living of flaming out early in the playoffs, often against New England. And how many big playoff losses did the Colts have before they broke through? There's a playoff disappointment every single season, but those are some of the all-time ones. Very hard to pinpoint just ten, but I hope I gave you some ammunition, Trent.