Quarterback is by far the most important position in professional sports, and whether it’s fair or not, quarterbacks are judged on what they do in the playoffs.
The regular season is great. After all, a team has to get to the playoffs first. But if you’re a quarterback and you throw three picks in your team’s only playoff game? You’re going to hear about that for a long time.
One person will argue that Quarterback A is better than Quarterback B because Quarterback A won more MVP awards, threw for more yards and had a higher passer rating.
“Yeah, but Quarterback B has more rings,” someone will say—and let the debate begin.
Twenty-five men have played quarterback since 1940 and earned a spot in the Hall of Fame. All but seven of those won a Super Bowl or NFL championship (in the pre-Super Bowl era). Only three—Dan Fouts, Sonny Jurgensen and Warren Moon—failed to ever make the NFL’s grandest stage.
A quarterback with the physical skills is great—a rocket arm, great pocket presence, laser-like accuracy and a quick release are attributes a team looks for in any leader. But those only count for so much. A quarterback needs to be able to win, and win playoff games.
Then again, Trent Dilfer has a Super Bowl ring and Dan Marino does not. So is Dilfer better than Marino?
Of course not.