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Why He Should Be Lower
Manning has choked a lot when it matters and has failed many times when he was needed the most.
A great QB, the Colts' 11-year starter has been in the dumps more than once.
His lack of ability to put games away down the stretch has haunted him through his career (though less and less in recent seasons).
Manning is not poise perfect either, as an interception a game is not unnatural for him.
He has had bad games in which he just couldn't make his offense work (six INTs against San Diego in 2007).
Manning is the best QB on this list, but he isn't dominant in all aspects.
Why He Belongs Where He Is
One of the strongest arms in the league, an accurate passer to the fullest extent of the word, possibly the greatest mind in football history, best awareness in the game currently, uncanny ability to move out of danger in the pocket, a team captain, a winner, a clutch player, and one of the toughest passers in the game—all of these accurately describe Manning.
This guy has everything. People call him a choker, but the Colts' playoff woes were not always Manning's fault and he had played well up until the deciding moments.
In 2005, the Colts' season ended due to a missed field goal.
The '07 and '08 seasons ended with the Indianapolis defense collapsing epically. If Mike Vanderjact had sent the game into overtime and If the Colts' defense hadn't fallen apart at the seams, who knows?
Maybe the Colts could be ruling on four straight Super Bowl wins.
If this is to prove to us anything, it is that a great quarterback does not win championships, great teams win championships.
So why is Peyton Manning dominating this list? Why is Tom Brady at No. 3? Because people too often rank players with championships and not ability.
Take away Brady's three rings and it would be widely accepted that Brees is better.
I believe coaches can be ranked by championships, but not players and certainly not quarterbacks.
If quarterbacks are better if they win championships and if A=B and B=C, then A=C, I guess Troy Aikman is better than Dan Marino, right?