i think you need to include roethlisberger in your elite class and maybe knock brady down a bit. big ben makes his team play much better and the oline doesn't have to be that good because he moves around so well and is great at finding the open receiver. brady requires his oline to block well. pressure brady and he falls like a cheap tent. ask yourself which qb would be able to take his talents to another team and succeed.
Originally Posted by Rexipus Rex
The lessons to be learned from this last two Super Bowls are this:
1) You don't have to have an "elite" (or whatever the hell that means) QB to win the Super Bowl. You do, however, need an above average QB who is capable of playing stretches as a top flight QB. Year-to-year consistency or regular season consistency isn't as important so long as the QB is playing at the top of his game in the playoffs. Case in point: Flacco's 115 QB rating this playoffs and Eli's 103 QB rating last playoffs despite the fact Flacco is a career 86 QB rating player and Eli a 83 career QB rating.
2) The truly "elite" QBs -- Brady, Rodgers, Peyton, Brees -- and there are no more, are the ones that put their team in the playoffs nearly every single season. And even under that premise, you could argue Brees doesn't belong in that sentence since the Saints have missed the playoffs 3 times in Brees's 7 years there.
3) The playoffs are an utter crapshoot. At the end of the last two regular seasons, who the hell would have guessed the Giants and Ravens would be crowned SB champs? I sure as hell didn't.