This is something that is being overlooked a lot.
So I wanted to post this:
Here's a list:
Super Bowl 1. Bart Starr (MVP), 2 TDs
Super Bowl 2. Bart Starr (MVP), 1 TD
Super Bowl 3. Joe Namath (MVP), 0 TDs
Super Bowl 4. Len Dawson (MVP), 1 TD
Super Bowl 5. John Unitas (Chuck Howley), 1 TD
Super Bowl 6. Roger Staubach (MVP), 2 TDs
Super Bowl 7. Bob Griese (Jake Scott), 1 TD
Super Bowl 8. Bob Griese (Larry Csonka), 0 TDs
Super Bowl 9. Terry Bradshaw (Franco Harris), 1 TD
Super Bowl 10. Terry Bradshaw (Lynn Swann), 2 TDs
Super Bowl 11. Ken Stabler (Fred Biletnikoff), 1 TD
Super Bowl 12. Roger Staubach (Harvey Martin & Randy White), 0 TDs
Super Bowl 13. Terry Bradshaw (MVP), 4 TDs
Super Bowl 14. Terry Bradshaw (MVP), 2 TDs
Super Bowl 15. Jim Plunkett (MVP), 3 TDs
Super Bowl 16. Joe Montana (MVP), 1 TD
Super Bowl 17. Joe Theismann (John Riggins), 2 TDs,
Super Bowl 18. Jim Plunkett (Marcus Allen), 1 TD
Super Bowl 19. Joe Montana (MVP), 3 TDs
Super Bowl 20. Jim McMahon (Richard Dent), 0 TDs
Super Bowl 21. Phil Simms (MVP), 3 TDs
Super Bowl 22. Doug Williams (MVP), 4 TDs
Super Bowl 23. Joe Montana (Jerry Rice), 2 TDs
Super Bowl 24. Joe Montana (MVP), 5 TDs
Super Bowl 25. Jeff Hostetler (Ottis Anderson), 1 TD
Super Bowl 26. Mark Rypien (MVP), 2 TDs
Super Bowl 27. Troy Aikman (MVP), 4 TDs
Super Bowl 28. Troy Aikman (Emmitt Smith), O TDs
Super Bowl 29. Steve Young (MVP), 6 TDs
Super Bowl 30. Troy Aikman (Larry Brown), 1 TD
Super Bowl 31. Brett Favre (Desmond Howard), 2 TDs
Super Bowl 32. John Elway (Terrell Davis), 0 TDs
Super Bowl 33. John Elway (MVP), 1 TD
Super Bowl 34. Kurt Warner (MVP), 2 TDs
Super Bowl 35. Trent Dilfer (Ray Lewis), 1 TD
Super Bowl 36. Tom Brady (MVP), 1 TD
Super Bowl 37. Brad Johnson (Dexter Jackson), 2 TDs
Super Bowl 38. Tom Brady (MVP), 3 TDs
Super Bowl 39. Tom Brady (Deion Branch), 2 TDs
Super Bowl 40. Ben Roethlisberger (Hines Ward), 0 TDs
Super Bowl 41. Peyton Manning (MVP), 1 TD
Super Bowl 42. Eli Manning (MVP), 2 TDs
Super Bowl 43: Ben Roethlisberger (Santonio Holmes), 1 TD
Super Bowl 44: Drew Brees (MVP), 2 TDs
Super Bowl 45: Aaron Rodgers (MVP), 3 TDs
This list is stacked with Hall of Famers.
But are they Hall of Famers because of their Super Bowl win(s) or are would they be anyway? How many of these guys would you consider elite?
It's a question worth asking yourself.
Even if you narrow this down to a smaller sample size and arbitrarily go back 20 years to SB 25, Hostetler and Dilfer are far and away the worst guys on the list, but Dilfer played with arguably the best defense of all time and that Giants team won on a missed field goal........(and also had an insanely good running game and defense).
My point is:
Is Mark Sanchez elite and if not, will he be? Outside of a few outliers, nearly every QB on this list was capable of carrying his offense nearly single-handedly, statistically speaking.
This is the question I asked myself and I just don't see it.
The nearest parallel is Eli or Rodgers, and a certain point in time, both of those QB's had carried the load on offense during the regular season. Sanchez in 3 years of starting for us has not shown that.
And he's eating $17 million against the cap this year. So considering that, we need to either treat him like Dilfer and give Rex stellar defensive personnel, which has degraded since 2009, and a better running game/run blocking line, which has also degraded since 2009. At least logically speaking.
For what it's worth, we can't do much for 2011, but moving forward, before you blindly support Sanchez, ask yourself if you think he will ever reach the level of Rodgers, Aikman, or Montana, guys that could carry their team, or if he will end up a game manager like Dilfer.......either way, from my perspective, he either needs to start showing some flashes or we need to start running the football 30+ times a game like in 2009 no matter what the score is............