Do Football Teams Need a QB To Stay Competitive?

Renee PerronContributor IApril 7, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts looks to pass against the New Orleans Saints during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Most of the chatter heading into the 2010 NFL draft is about quarterbacks. 

I think that the McNabb trade has caused more Internet traffic than the new health care plan. 

The Redskins-Eagles trade aside, how is it that Jimmy Clausen and Sam Bradford are more recognisable names than Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy

Well, outside of sports fans that is. It's because they're quarterbacks. 

Quarterbacks are crucial to an NFL game. 

They often provide leadership, unity and critical decision making skills to a team. But does an NFL team need a QB to succeed?

Or can championships be won with a great defense or amazing offensive line?

Of 58 NFL teams with rookie quarterbacks, only 13 have finished the season with winning records. 

However, most of those winning records have been within the past six years, so a rookie quarterback doesn't necessarily mean a loosing quarterback. 

Consider Ben Roethlisberger's starting year, where he started in 13 games, leading the Steelers to a 15-1 record. 

So, just because a quarterback is a rookie doesn't mean the team will lose, but what about with a truly mediocre quarterback ... can a team still win?

In an article from Arash Markazi for SI.com, Markazi listed the worst NFL teams of all time. All of them had problems with their offenses, more specifically being able to score points.

But how important is a quarterback to an offense?

In an article for NFL.com, Steve Wyche wrote that:

"Defenses win games, but quarterbacks win championships."

Interestingly enough, current Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, is also quoted in that article. He said:

"It's so hard to find a franchise quarterback that people who have been in the business ... they understand how important it is," said Shanahan. "You know, in my experiences with great quarterbacks that I've been with, (they) have been the difference in winning Super Bowls and not winning Super Bowls. If you've got the opportunity to get one, usually you take advantage of it."

Look at the franchises who have had successful in recent years, actually, look at the quarterbacks;  Brees, Manning, Brady, Favre, even Romo and Sanchez. 

The teams that you remember, the teams that win, they all have that QB.


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