Who is the best quarterback?
It's a great question with a lot of differing opinions, but one thing is consistent—they always bring up the same names: Manning (Peyton, that is), Brady, and Favre.
Yes, only time will tell...or it won't because it will still be debated.
Favre is a great QB. He has made some spectacular plays over the course of his career. He has never got injured enough that he missed a game, but he's not as great as he's made out to be.
Like I said earlier, he has made some spectacular plays, but he had to make those plays because of a mistake he made earlier. While those plays are amazing they don't always make up for his mistakes.
He often throws into double coverage, and forces the ball into places he shouldn't. He throws far to many interceptions in my opinion to be considered among the greats.
Brady is without a doubt a hall of fame QB, but why is he a great QB?
Could it be the system that he plays in?
Look at the facts. When Brady went down two years ago, and what happened?
A young quarterback by the name of Matt Cassell came in and played quarterback, and some said their season was over without Brady.
They were wrong.
A quarterback who never really played at college was able to lead that team to victory.
The next season he was traded to the Chiefs and he sucks.
Yes, Tom Brady has on three Super Bowl rings. What it all comes down to is that Bill Belichick is the brains behind the success of Tom Brady.
Peyton Manning is without a doubt the smartest quarterback in the game.
Does that make him the best?
His ability to read the defense, call audibles at the line is leaps and bounds above all other quarterbacks. His accuracy is unparalleled. He has a very quick release thus avoiding getting sacked. He reads through his progressions very well and finds the open receivers. He doesn't force the ball like some other quarterbacks .
He rarely gets sacked and rarely throws interceptions.
His mobility leaves a lot to be desired, but he stands confident in the pocket which is good enough. His leadership is unmatched and what this conversation comes down to is: you're down by six and need a touchdown to win it...who do you want marshaling your team down the field.
The answer to that is I would want Peyton manning above all other quarterbacks in history.
Because on any given Sunday you're either going to win or lose. I prefer to win though.