Peyton Manning: The Most Overrated Quarterback of All Time?

Nick SignorelliSenior Writer IJune 4, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 02:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts gestures on the field against the New England Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 2, 2008 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

I know that I am going to take some serious heat for this article, and honestly, I really don't care.  One of the writers for the Colts, Ryan Michael, has recently written two articles on my quarterback, so I am returning the favor.

I want everyone to think back, over the last 20 years or so.  Not counting players that are still playing today, who are the greatest QBs?

Elway?  Montana?  Favre (I know he might play again this year, but today he is retired)? Marino?  Kelly?

Notice who is at the end of the list?  Two guys that were wonderful with stats, but couldn't finish with a ring of their finger.

Here is where every Colts fan is screaming "YEAH BUT PEYTON WON ONE!"

Yes, he did; he won ONE!

As the argument then goes, fast-forward to 20 years from now.  How will that conversation go?

Brady (currently the top name on the list, he has three rings and two Super Bowl MVPs), Ben Roethlisberger (two rings, best first five years for any QB in history), Manning.

In that order.

When people look back at the past, Marino is viewed as the greatest QB to never win the Super Bowl.

Twenty years from now, Peyton will be the best QB to have only won ONE.

Now, some people will say look to the stats, Manning's are better than both Brady's and Roethlisberger's.

I will say, in most categories, you are right.  Except the ones that count.


Brady: 14-3

Roethlisberger: 8-2

Manning: 7-8

If your team was going to draft a QB in the draft, and you were told, of the three available QB's to be drafted, this is how each one would do in the playoffs, how many of you would take Manning?

Any of you that said you would are either lying, or just don't know the game of Football.

In reality, I do have a lot of respect for Peyton Manning.  He is great at putting up the numbers.  That can never be taken away from him.

But, reality is, stats are not that important.  It does not matter what any one player does.  Football is a team game.  You win as a team and you lose as a team.

The best team on the field is the one hoisting the Lombardi at the end of the year.

Some teams build for their QB to be successful and put up great numbers.  In building your team that way, you have to sacrifice at other positions. 

If you are going to spend your money on the offensive side of the ball, your defense is not going to be that great.  That is just the way it is.

So, ultimately, every NFL team has a decision to make.  Do you want to build a team that is capable of winning the shoot outs?  Or do you want a team that is going to be good enough that 21 points will win the game?

Indianapolis has picked the first option, and have one Super Bowl to show for it.  Pittsburgh and New England have picked the latter, and have five this decade.

As I said before and will say again, I take Ben with his faults the way he is.  Colts fans will take Peyton and the average defense they have.

Right now, my two rings to your one says my way is better!


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