A quarterback has never won a football game.
Bear with me for a second as I make a few statements that you and I both know are facts.
- It takes dozens of successful plays to win a game
- It takes 11 men to execute one football play
- It takes countless hours of practice to learn how to execute said play
- It takes countless hours or film study to create the play
Got it? Good.
Nowhere on the list says, “The quarterback makes the play successful”.
So understand that I cringe when I read that Phil Simms wants to put Eli Manning in the Pro Football Hall of Fame because HE has won two Super Bowls among other things.
But he’s not the only one giving too much credit to the signal caller; everyone does. And I mean EVERYONE. ESPN, NFL Network, NBC, Fox, CBS, HBO, Showtime, Google, Wikipedia, your friend’s blog, my blog, the pizza delivery guy, the drunk at the bar who still wears a Jeremy Shockey New York Giants jersey, etc.
I don’t care who threw the ball to Mario Manningham, I really don’t. Because at least five guys had to block pass rushers, three other receivers had to run routes in order to divert coverage, and finally Manningham had to make the catch.
But all we hear is, “What a great play by Eli!”
No lazy sports fan, it was a great play by the offense. Eli is a part of the offense; he doesn’t get all the credit like you think.
Michael Strahan, Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck, Antonio Pierce, Chris Canty, and a plethora of other defensive players don’t get mentioned in the same breath as Eli. But correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t the defense do just as much to shut down the Patriots in two Super Bowls as the Giants’ offense did?
That defense held the best offense of our generation to 14 and 17 points respectively in two Super Bowls. But nobody wants to put Osi, Aaron Ross, or Pierre-Paul in the Hall of Fame. We’re stuck talking about the quarterback.
On the other side of the division is Tony Romo. You can’t bring up his name in a positive light without someone reminding you that, “HE can’t win in the fourth quarter.”
Excuse me for a second; he? You mean there aren’t 21 other players playing in that fifteen minute timeframe? It’s just him on the field to win or lose the game? That’s what you’re telling me right?
Romo does the blocking, the route running and the catching. He also does the pass rush, covers receivers and makes the tackles.
Last year the Cowboys went 8-8, but fans across the nation will tell you that Romo went 8-8. Nevermind his 3:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio, that didn’t mean anything. I’m sure it was his fault that the defense was 24th in yards-per-play allowed. It was also his problem that the D was 22nd in third-down conversions.
You get the picture right?
Sure Romo makes his mistakes and Eli has made great plays. But we as football fans need to open our eyes, watch the games, and credit teams. Not quarterbacks, but teams. If you want to credit one person, let it be the head coach.
You know the guy who orchestrates practices and designs the gameplan. He should be the only one with a win-loss column attached to his resume.
Tim Tebow wasn’t winning games by himself; Sam Bradford wasn’t losing games by himself, etc. A quarterback has never won or loss a game by themselves. So I beg of you all, stop it with this nonsense. Let’s recognize football for what it is; the ultimate team sport. It’s not tennis or track, its football. And because of its team structure, we love it so much.