With the Wild Card Round of the 2013 NFL playoffs in the rear view mirror, eight quarterbacks altered their perceptions.
Four polished their resumes with victories while the other four were blemished by losses. The playoffs illuminate the lens by which we evaluate quarterbacks. A good showing in the playoffs can assuage regular season tribulation. Just ask Eli Manning, whose career of inconsistent quarterbacking during the regular season has been blacked out of the record while his stellar postseason play reverberates in our memory.
Following a convincing victory over the Minnesota Vikings, Aaron Rodgers stated,
You earn your paycheck during the season and you create your legacy in the postseason
Rodgers, a Super Bowl MVP, not only understands the pressure of the postseason, he embraces it. Following the Packers' Super Bowl title in 2010, the Packers posted an incredible 15-1 regular season which was all but forgotten after they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs a season ago.
Fairly or unfairly, quarterbacks are judged by their record. Yes, there are 21 other players on the field with QB1, but on Monday morning his performance is the most scrutinized.
This past weekend, all four of the losing quarterbacks faced difficult circumstances, which lessens the criticism of them.
So what do playoff losses mean for the four losing quarterbacks? Let's look at each one individually.