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Our obsession with tying championships to how good a player is/was (especially quarter backs) is and always has been a ridiculous notion. If you don’t think Manning is the best quarter back ever, fine.

It is subjective and to each their own. However, if you think a loss by the Broncos on Sunday should preclude Manning from that discussion, you are crazy. Straight crazy. No due respect on this one.

To his detractors, I would say: “Here are the facts. Don’t let them get in the way of your argument”:

When it comes to quarterbacks, we like to measure them on the following 7 categories: yards, touchdowns, passing rating, yards per game, completion percentage, game winning drives and 4th quarter comebacks.

As sports fans, we have determined these to be the categories that make a great quarter back. Well, when it comes to career leaders in these categories, Manning ranks 1st or 2nd in all but 2 categories.

The two where he doesn’t rank in the top two? Yards per game and completion percentage. In those two categories, he ranks 3rd and 4th respectively.

How about from a single season standpoint? For single season, we add in QBR for an 8th category. Manning again ranks 1st or 2nd in all but two categories (completion percentage and game winning drives).

He ranks 12th and 3rd respectively. In other words, Manning is in the top 4 in 14 of the 15 categories, the leader in 7, and 2nd in 4 others.

Still not convinced he belongs in the discussion if he loses Sunday? Take a look at how Manning stacks up to the all-time greats (Montana, Marino, Favre) and the greats of his era (Brady and Brees):

 

Career Leaders

Leader

Manning

Marino

Favre     

Montana

 

 

 

Rank

 

Rank

 

Rank

 

Rank

Yards

Favre

71,838

64,964

2

61,361

3

71,838

1

40,551

13

TDs

Favre

508

491

2

420

3

508

1

273

11

Passer Rating

Rodgers

104.9

97.2

2

86.4

17

86.0

19

92.3

10

Ints

Favre

336

219

19

252

8

336

1

139

64

YPG

Stafford

286.2

270.7

3

253.6

8

237.9

13

211.2

34

Comp%

Pennington

66.0%

65.5%

4

59.4%

49

62.0%

18

63.2%

13

GW Drives

Manning / Marino

45

51

1

51

1

45

4

33

9

4thQtr  CBacks

Manning

30

40

1

36

2

30

6

31

4

 

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