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Gary Shelton: Rating the NFL postseason quarterbacks

 By Gary Shelton, Times Sports Columnist
 In Print: Friday, January 11, 2013




 
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It is Peyton's game now. Unless, of course, it is Tom's.

Aaron may have something to say about that. Matt may have something to show.

This is the time of quarterbacks. The NFL is down to its Elite Eight, and it is time for one of the league's golden boys to take over. It is time for someone to lead the charge, to convince the critics and to enhance his legacy.

In the NFL, this is how the playoffs work. You can spend weeks debating coaches and defenses. You can spend months admiring running backs and receivers. Then the postseason kicks in, and it's all about the passers. Everyone else is either a supporting actor or a backup singer.

This year the postseason will belong to a champion: Peyton Manning or Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers.

Or perhaps it will belong to a veteran trying to establish himself as something more than ordinary: Matt Ryan or Matt Schaub or Joe Flacco.

Or perhaps, it will belong to one of the kids: Russell Wilson or Colin Kaepernick.

Just an observation here, but the better the quarterback, the better his team's odds.

Oh, teams haven't always had to have a great quarterback to win a Super Bowl. There for a while, an excellent team could carry an average quarterback all the way to the title. The Giants won with Jeff Hostetler, and the Ravens won with Trent Dilfer, and the Bucs won with Brad Johnson, and the Redskins won with Mark Rypien.

Lately, however, quarterbacks have re-established themselves. It has been 10 years since a team has won a Super Bowl with an average quarterback. Over that decade, Brady has won two of his titles, and Eli Manning both of his, and Ben Roethlisberger both of his. Also, Peyton won his, and Drew Brees won his, and Rodgers won his.

In other words, coaches might as well back their safeties up.

Given the pedigrees of Peyton Manning, Brady and Rodgers together they have won the past five MVPs and seven of the past nine you might suggest they have little left to prove. Alas, that isn't the case. In the NFL there is always more proving to do.

Start with Peyton. He has been one of history's best quarterbacks, but the playoffs have never been particularly kind to him. He is 9-10 as a starter in the postseason, and he has only one Super Bowl ring. His postseason quarterback rating is 88.4, roughly seven points less than his regular season rating.

This season could be different. After four neck surgeries, and after some critics doubted how effective he could be earlier this season, Peyton seems to be enjoying one of those "I told you so'' seasons. It has to help, too, that Denver's defense is the highest rated left in the playoffs.

Over the years, Brady's postseason performance has been better than Peyton's, but not so much lately. Brady won his first 10 playoff games for the Patriots, but he's 6-6 in his past 12. That includes two losses to the Giants in his past two Super Bowls.

It has now been seven seasons since Brady won a title. When you consider the Patriot defense (ranked 25th), Brady is going to have to be spectacular for his team to win this season. The good news? Brady is spectacular fairly often.

Rodgers? He's won six of his eight career playoff games, and his rating (105.3) is as stellar as his regular-season one. Still, he's won only one Super Bowl.

Then there is Ryan, who has lost all three of his playoff games. If the Falcons don't make it to at least the NFC championship game, you're going to hear a lot of questions about whether Ryan can win the big one.

Flacco has heard that already. His team has won six of the 10 playoff games in which he has started, but the Ravens have always been seen as a defensive team. This season that isn't the case (they're 17th), which means Flacco will have to be very good to give the Ravens a chance.

You can say the same for Schaub, who played his first playoff game last weekend. Now Sunday he has to go into New England, where the weather isn't very good. On the other hand, neither is the Patriots defense.

It should be somewhat easier for Wilson and the Seahawks. Wilson has a knack for the playing the game. Still, he's only a rookie. Winning on the road against Atlanta on Sunday will be a lot to ask.

Wilson isn't the least experienced quarterback standing, however. San Francisco's Kaepernick started only seven games this year. Kaepernick's legs give the 49ers an extra dimension, but again, has he played enough football to give the Packers a run Saturday?

We'll see.

Again, they all have something to prove. Quarterbacks always do. They either haven't won lately, or they haven't won enough, or they haven't been spectacular along the way.

That's the NFL. It's all about doubts, and this time of year, it's all about dispelling them.



Listen to Gary Shelton weekdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 98.7-FM the Fan.



Rating the postseason QBs


1. Peyton Manning, Denver. It's been Manning's year, and he'll probably end up as the league MVP. He plays at home Saturday with the best defense in the playoffs.

2. Tom Brady, New England. Brady last won a Super Bowl in the 2004 season, but it seems as if he's always in the hunt. The Patriots' defense still isn't fixed, which means he'll have to be great to win it all again.

3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay. Rodgers has a better postseason QB rating than anyone on the list, but that doesn't seem to keep his receivers happy.

4. Joe Flacco, Baltimore. Flacco has had his playoff moments but has not established himself as elite. Given the slide of the Ravens' defense, he'll have to be this season.

5. Matt Ryan, Atlanta. Ryan hasn't won a playoff game. The Falcons are favored over Seattle on Sunday, but could they stand up in the NFC title game?

6. Matt Schaub, Houston. The Texans are primarily a defensive team, but they need Schaub to take advantage of the Patriots defense to have a chance Sunday.

7. Russell Wilson, Seattle. He has had an impressive first season, but can he lead his team to a playoff win on the road? His teammates think he can.

8. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco. He's the least experienced QB in the playoffs, but Kaepernick is a terrific athlete. His legs might be the difference.

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#1 : January 12, 2013, 12:54:09 AM

Brady
Peyton
Rodgers
Russell Wilson
Flacco
Schaub
Kap\
Ryan


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#2 : January 12, 2013, 01:01:38 AM

1. Matt Ryan
2. Peyton Manning
3. Tom Brady
4. Aaron Rodgers
5. Matt Schaub
6. Russell Wilson
7. Joe Flacco
8. Colin Kaepernick


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#3 : January 12, 2013, 01:03:01 AM

1. Matt Ryan
2. Peyton Manning
3. Tom Brady
4. Aaron Rodgers
5. Matt Schaub
6. Russell Wilson
7. Joe Flacco
8. Colin Kaepernick




Ryan sucks, but not quite as bad as your boy Tebow.


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#4 : January 12, 2013, 01:15:03 AM

1.Brady
2.Rodgers
3.Manning
4.Flacco
5.Wilson
6.Schaub
7.Ryan
8.Kaepernick
Basing this on POST SEASON success.


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#5 : January 12, 2013, 01:21:16 AM

So, the article is written on 1/11 and we get this gem : "7. Russell Wilson, Seattle. He has had an impressive first season, but can he lead his team to a playoff win on the road? "


With that kind of insight into the game by the local media, no wonder Tampa is always blacked out.  What a maroon.

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#6 : January 12, 2013, 01:25:29 AM

So, the article is written on 1/11 and we get this gem : "7. Russell Wilson, Seattle. He has had an impressive first season, but can he lead his team to a playoff win on the road? "


With that kind of insight into the game by the local media, no wonder Tampa is always blacked out.  What a maroon.




LOL

Guess he thought that Redskin game was in Seattle.


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#7 : January 12, 2013, 03:56:18 AM

1. Matt Ryan
2. Peyton Manning
3. Tom Brady
4. Aaron Rodgers
5. Matt Schaub
6. Russell Wilson
7. Joe Flacco
8. Colin Kaepernick

Ahead of 3 guys with multiple rings? This shows just how ignorant you are, or that you admit to living under a bridge.

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#8 : January 12, 2013, 02:30:44 PM

1. Matt Ryan
2. Peyton Manning
3. Tom Brady
4. Aaron Rodgers
5. Matt Schaub
6. Russell Wilson
7. Joe Flacco
8. Colin Kaepernick

Ahead of 3 guys with multiple rings? This shows just how ignorant you are, or that you admit to living under a bridge.





Hopefull Matty Ice does his postseason meltdown, I have a wager on the Seahawks.


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#9 : January 12, 2013, 11:04:48 PM

I'd have put them...
Brady - how many Super Bowls does the guy have to get to before he's the automatic playoff #1 QB?
Rodgers - best in the game right now
Flacco - won a playoff game every year in the league
Manning - Chokes big time in big games but does have that 1 ring
Wilson - Already shown he can win on the road and seemingly has "IT"
Ryan- Can't buy a playoff win
Schaub - He might be a good fantasy football QB but in the real world not so much
Kaepernick - well he's pee'd all over these ratings in this game against the Pack

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#10 : January 13, 2013, 12:06:12 AM

Well after todays games, that sure shuffles up the ratings.  Frekin Kapernik looking like Joe Montana.

Now if Russell Wilson can get the job done tomorrow I will be happy.


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#11 : January 13, 2013, 02:31:57 AM

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#12 : January 13, 2013, 09:38:41 AM

1.Brady
2.Rodgers
3.Manning
4.Flacco
5.Wilson
6.Schaub
7.Ryan
8.Kaepernick
Basing this on POST SEASON success.
    'Bout where I'd put'em, although Wilson and Kaepernick as 1st year players are hard to judge. I would put Ryan over Schaub though...

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#13 : January 13, 2013, 09:49:00 AM

    Good article on the Patriots. Hadn't realized Tom Brady will be 36 this August... tick tick tick.........
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--seven-year-itch-and-counting-for-patriots--tom-brady--bill-belichick--213152898.html

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#14 : January 13, 2013, 09:56:02 AM

The Pats window is closing and they know it - it is why they took a shot on our knucklehead.

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