Each of these quarterbacks are seen as the long-term starters for their football teams. However, they all have also struggled to inspire a ton of confidence.
Every week you hear about how the NFL is a quarterback-driven league. This is a very true statement, as it is extremely tough to win a Super Bowl with a less-than-stellar quarterback.
Of course, there are exceptions like Trent Dilfer.
Winning a Super Bowl isn't about putting up great stats or producing exciting plays. It is about playing disciplined football and orchestrating plenty of scoring drives.
A quarterback needs to be able to move the football while avoiding costly turnovers.
Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks also know how to perform in the clutch. They are the guys that can lead a last-minute scoring drive, especially in high-pressure situations.
The following quarterbacks all have a problem meeting the requirements of a Super Bowl-winning quarterback.
Tony Romo is a terrific quarterback with a ton of ability.
He has made countless plays that have helped his team win football games. His career stats are very impressive, with a ton of passing yards and touchdowns.
However, he is still missing a Super Bowl appearance.
This season, Romo has displayed several reasons why he will never win a Super Bowl. He has already cost the Cowboys several wins, with his erratic play and poor decision-making.
His late-game interceptions against the New York Jets and Detroit Lions were devastating.
Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks do not find ways to lose games—they find ways to win them. You rarely see great quarterbacks hurting their football team.
Romo will never win a Super Bowl because he is an inconsistent player who struggles to make plays in the clutch.
He is more likely to blow a big lead than to lead a last-minute touchdown drive.
Michael Vick may be the most electrifying quarterback in the NFL.
He consistently makes plays that excite the crowd and makes the highlight reel. Vick can lead an offense to a high-yardage total and a ton of points.
However, he isn't the complete package and will never win a Super Bowl.
Vick seems to play all-or-nothing football—either he is putting up great numbers or he is really struggling.
The Eagles have been playing as inconsistently as their quarterback, who at times seems unable to complete a pass. Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks are consistent—they rarely have long stretches of ineptitude.
In order for an offense to have a good flow, it needs to have healthy players.
Vick has been in and out of the lineup all season. He is always at risk of being knocked out of the game, as he plays a very dangerous style of football.
Vick seems to always be taking a massive hit, putting into question his ability to stay healthy.
Joe Flacco continues to prove one thing—he is not a consistent player.
Each week it seems as though we get a different-looking quarterback. Flacco has had games where he has looked ready to make the next step, only to follow it with a stinker.
The biggest issue is that you cannot count on Flacco to have a long stretch of good performances.
This is what will stop him from ever winning a Super Bowl. He could easily play well enough to win two playoff games, but then he will have a horrible game.
Flacco really needs to find his stride in the next two seasons.
The dominance of the Ravens defense is starting to run its course. Core players like Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are at the end of their careers, meaning Flacco will have to win more games on his own—something he hasn't been able to do consistently.
Mark Sanchez is following a similar path to Joe Flacco's. Both quarterbacks are not very consistent.
Sanchez has shown glimpses of a quarterback capable of winning a Super Bowl. He has played very well in the playoffs but just hasn't been able to put it all together.
In order to win a Super Bowl, a quarterback needs to be able to put a team on his shoulders. Mark Sanchez doesn't appear capable of carrying a struggling offense.
The Jets' offensive struggles this season can be attributed to the inconsistent play of Sanchez. It is not all his fault, but if he wants to be considered a great quarterback, he needs to carry this team.
Sanchez does not have the ability to jump-start a struggling offense. This is something that will haunt him his entire career, keeping him from earning a Super Bowl victory.