The Nolan Ryan of Football: Why Brett Favre Is Overrated

Andrew SchiffAnalyst IJanuary 21, 2008

Recently, I wrote an article on how Nolan Ryan was the most overrated pitcher in baseball history. I'd like to say the same about the losing quarterback in this Sunday's match-up between the Greenback Packers and the New York Giants.

Brett Favre is the most overrated quarterback in the history of the NFL.

I don't deny the Mississippi native will end up in Canton. He's set a bunch of records, and has accumulated great statistics over his 16 seasons. He's even led his team to a Super Bowl. I'm not denying that there's some greatness there, but he's certainly not, as Terry Bradshaw describes, the "greatest quarterback in the history of the game."

Not by a long shot.

Why is this the case?

Too often, Favre's style is not one of quarterback, he is rather, more of an unapologetic gunslinger. It's like describing a baseball power pitcher who never learns to pitch, but rather just mindlessly throws the ball.

Too often, Favre has played like a quarterback who is in his early years, throwing interceptions and forcing throws.

For some reason, everyone is on this guy's bandwagon. They love that he is a gamer, that he's wild, along with his mobility and powerful throwing arm.

These are certainly qualities of a talented quarterback, but he isn't all that good.

Favre is the Nolan Ryan of football. Great career statistics, but not one I would count on in a big spot.

Here's a list quarterbacks who I'd rather have, any day.

Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, Otto Graham, Y.A. Tittle, Dan Marino, John Elway, Fran Tarkenton, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Ken Stabler, Steve Young, Jim Kelley, Bart Starr, Bob Griese, Joe Namath, and Johnny Unitas.

Favre may have better stats than most of the quarterbacks on the list, but he seems to make the dumb throws that a great quarterback doesn't make.

Critics will say that Favre hasn't, in more recent years, been surrounded by talent. But some of the lack of success by the Pack has been attributed to Favre's stupid decisions.

How does a veteran QB, in a tight spot, throw such a bad pass like the one he threw against the Giants, in overtime? Truly great quarterbacks find ways to win games and certainly, Favre has won his share, but he's lost as many as he's won.

Admittedly, this year Favre has not made as many mistakes as he has in the past, but in an era when the science of quarterbacking has become an art form, a veteran like Favre plays like he's from a an older, more antiquated era.

And that's not a good thing.