I recently posted (and my first ever post by the way) why I thought getting a healthy Peyton Manning made way too much sense to pass on. I can’t stress how much I long for this team to develop our own franchise QB. And if Luck or RG3 can be had without crippling us for the foreseeable future, I am all for it, but I think it will take way too much to get either of them. Actually, let me rephrase that. I would love this team to make a bold move for once to get a QB like RG3, but I have a feeling that Pioli won’t do it. I don’t see any other QBs in this year’s draft that are ready to start on day 1.
With that said, getting Manning and drafting our own franchise QB to develop behind Manning gives us the best chance to win now and in the next several years. This is a list of all the SBs that were won by QBs that are currently not in the HOF or considered franchise QBs:
Super Bowl XI - Ken Stabler
Super Bowl XV - Jim Plunkett
Super Bowl XVII - Joe Theismann (probably in HOF if not for career ending injury)
Super Bowl XVIII - Jim Plunkett
Super Bowl XX - Jim McMahon
Super Bowl XXI - Phil Simms
Super Bowl XXII - Doug Williams
Super Bowl XXV - Jeff Hostetler
Super Bowl XXVI - Mark Rypien
Super Bowl XXXV - Trent Dilfer
Super Bowl XXXVII - Brad Johnson
Out of 46 SBs, only 11 were won by QBs that are not considered elite. I would even say that some would probably put Stable, Plunkett, Theismann, and Simms in the elite or at least franchise QB category. That would leave only 6 out of 46 SBs won by non-franchise type QBs, which is only about 13%. It also has been 10 years since a non-franchise type has won the SB.
This is why I don’t think QB’s like Cassel, Orton, or Campbell can win it all. Is there a chance? Sure, but a very, very slim chance. A healthy Peyton equals elite QB. I know he will be 36 years old at the beginning of the season, but he is the smartest QB to ever play the game. He has never had any other health issues, so if is arm is 100%, he should be elite for at least 2 or 3 more years.
I guess we could draft a QB in the 2nd or 3rd round and let him compete with Cassel to start, but why not try to win the next couple of years while our own future home grown HOF QB learns how to play the game from one the best to ever play the game?