There isn’t a extra high-profile place in sports activities than an NFL quarterback. Every workforce might strategy this postseason with a 53 man roster, however all of the headlines, all of the tweets, and all the excitement are going to focus on who is looking the alerts and throwing the passes with the postseason video games on the road.
Playoff video games could make or break quarterbacks. And they are often the distinction in figuring out whether or not or not you’re one of many all-time greats that may go down in historical past or a fading reminiscence.
Of the twelve quarterbacks to enter into this posteason, it might be a shock that solely 4 of them have lifted the Lombardi Trophy earlier than as a beginning quarterback – Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, and Nick Foles. For every of them, one other Super Bowl would add one other chapter to their legacy and standing in NFL historical past. For the others, it represents a chance they could by no means see once more to turn out to be a legend in their very own proper.
Under we’ve ranked the twelve playoff quarterbacks for this postseason and what a Super Bowl may mean for their legacy. And we’ll begin with a identify that is perhaps a shock…
12. Tom Brady (Patriots)
It might be actually bizarre to see Tom Brady initially of any listing revolving round playoff quarterbacks as an alternative of the top, however this listing is likely one of the few the place it is sensible. Significantly, what would one other Super Bowl add to Tom Brady’s already safe legacy as probably the most profitable championship quarterback within the historical past of the NFL? Brady has completely nothing to show at this level in his profession as he’s already quarterbacked the most important and greatest dynasty in NFL historical past. Is a sixth title actually going so as to add that a lot to his legacy? Would you assume any much less of Michael Jordan if he was solely 5-Zero within the Finals with 5 MVPs as an alternative of 6-Zero and 6 MVPs? What about if John Picket had gained solely 9 titles as an alternative of 10 at UCLA? In all probability not. It’s the identical with Brady. His legacy is safe it doesn’t matter what occurs on this postseason or another.
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11. Mitchell Trubisky (Bears)
This isn’t something towards Mitchell Trubisky, however he gained’t be the rationale the Bears win the Super Bowl. Trubisky might have extra upside than any trendy period quarterback the Bears have had, however like standard Chicago will go so far as their elite protection will lead them. Forgive me for talking these phrases into the universe, however Trubisky’s job this postseason might be to handle the sport and never make errors. Sure, he’s a former #2 general decide that wouldn’t mechanically need to be thrown in with the Trent Dilfers of the world as QBs that have been carried to a Lombardi Trophy, however he wouldn’t flip into Peyton Manning in a single day with a ring both.
10. Dak Prescott (Cowboys)
Like Trubisky, the Cowboys will lean on their protection and (extra particularly maybe) Ezekiel Elliott for a deep postseason run. Prescott has put up some good numbers in his first three seasons in Dallas, however he’s removed from the NFL’s prime passers statistically. In truth, he ranked 14th-16th this yr in passing yards, touchdowns, and quarterback score, which is about as center of the street as you will get. Then once more, there’s nothing like winning the Super Bowl as quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, in order that’s positive to provide him a legacy increase as properly. If something, it’ll assure him a spot as a lead community analyst in 15 years as soon as Troy Aikman or Tony Romo retire from broadcasting.
9. Lamar Jackson (Ravens)
Firstly of the season, Jackson would in all probability be the least possible individual on this listing to be within the dialog as a result of he wasn’t even anticipated to repeatedly function, sitting behind Joe Flacco. Nevertheless, the Ravens have utterly revolutionized their offense into a unfold choice college-style assault that fits Jackson’s distinctive dual-threat potential. That is a tough one as a result of if Jackson leads the Ravens to the Super Bowl in his rookie season, it might sign a sea change throughout the NFL and open the minds of coaches into considering that a unfold offense heavy on quarterback runs might truly work within the NFL. Nevertheless, we’ve by no means seen it sustained on the NFL due to longevity and sturdiness causes for these quarterbacks. So even when Jackson does shockingly win all of it with the Ravens, it would must be carried over a number of seasons so as for it to have a true lasting impression.
eight. DeShaun Watson (Texans)
The previous Clemson star stands out as the most naturally gifted passer on this group of younger quarterbacks. In his first full season, Watson put up four,000 yards regardless of enjoying behind a porous offensive line that allowed 62 sacks. That was sufficient for Watson to put in a tie for fifth all-time for most sacks suffered in a season. That’s not nice for his long-term prospects after coming off a torn ACL in his rookie marketing campaign. A Super Bowl victory would instantly vault Watson into the higher echelon of quarterbacks, although, the place he ought to reside for a lengthy, very long time…. assuming he’ll keep wholesome.
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7. Nick Foles (Eagles)
The Eagles backup-turned-savior is definitely probably the most distinctive identify on this record due to what he completed final postseason, coming off the bench to steer the Eagles to the Super Bowl and even outdueling Tom Brady and the Patriots within the course of. Now Foles is tasked with making an attempt to place collectively a sequel that hopes to reside as much as the unique. Can he do it? Positive! Why not? Philly gained 5 of their final six to sneak in (thanks partially to the Vikings folding down the stretch) and Foles began the final three together with a street victory towards the vaunted Rams. If Foles is by some means capable of do it once more this postseason he’ll undoubtedly go down in historical past as the best backup quarterback of all-time. In fact, he in all probability has earned that moniker already. At the least if he goes back-to-back he might even discover his means into a everlasting beginning job subsequent season.
6. Russell Wilson (Seahawks)
As soon as a quarterback wins a second ring, it doesn’t matter a lot what the stats might say, the Corridor of Fame turns into a distinct risk. All of us thought the Seahawks have been on their solution to being the NFL’s subsequent nice dynasty once they have been one yard away from going back-to-back in Super Bowl 49. Nevertheless, Russell Wilson was intercepted by Malcolm Butler, and the Seahawks would-be dynasty went into a little bit of a backslide. The Legion of Growth is gone now and that is Wilson’s group (nevertheless controversial that could be), so a championship this season from a Wild Card spot would cement his place in NFL historical past as a two-time winner.
5. Andrew Luck (Colts)
It simply needs to be a aid for Colts followers to see Andrew Luck enjoying, not to mention returning to the shape he displayed earlier than his mysterious shoulder damage that stored him away for the whole 2017 season. Luck’s profession began so brightly in Indianapolis, however it looks like his standing must be larger than it’s amongst the NFL’s elite. It shouldn’t appear potential, however it’s in all probability true that Luck has flown beneath the radar up to now, partly as a result of his group’s success and partly as a consequence of damage. But, at 29 he ought to be getting into into his prime as a quarterback. If he’s capable of raise the Lombardi and construct on it, we could possibly be seeing one other quarterback blossom into a Corridor of Famer with the Colts.
four. Philip Rivers (Chargers)
Even with out a ring, Philip Rivers might be a future Corridor of Famer. Sure, he has performed in an period that’s insanely pleasant to quarterbacks and has benefitted as such. However when he does determine to hold it up, he might be Prime 10 all-time in passing yards, touchdowns, quarterback score, and completion proportion. That can be robust to go away out of the Canton dialog by itself benefit. In fact, a Super Bowl trophy would make it a no-brainer and eventually convey Rivers into the dialog with the likes of Brees, Rodgers, and Brady as an alternative of on the surface wanting in.
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Three. Jared Goff (Rams)
This season looks like the start of a passing of the torch in some respects. The final 10-15 years have been dominated by a small handful of elite quarterbacks each statistically and within the playoffs. Amongst lively quarterbacks, in some order you’ve gotten Brady, Brees, and Rodgers as the highest three dominant forces on the place with a shoutout to Eli and Massive Ben for their two Super Bowls a piece.
This yr two second-year sign callers have staked their declare as the subsequent era of that elite class of quarterbacks – Jared Goff and Patrick Mahomes. Goff appeared dangerously near bust territory after a rocky rookie season, however the transition from Jeff Fisher to Sean McVay has made him into an All-Professional. Goff might not have put up numbers as gaudy as Mahomes did in Kansas Metropolis, however his relationship with McVay seems just like the second coming of Drew Brees and Sean Payton. An early Super Bowl for each of them would lay the inspiration for a pairing that would set the NFL report e-book alight over the subsequent decade or extra.
2. Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs)
A Super Bowl win would merely be the capstone for Patrick Mahomes in what is among the biggest statistical seasons any quarterback has ever produced. Mahomes is the MVP frontrunner after turning into solely the third quarterback in NFL historical past to throw for 50 TDs in a season this yr in his first full yr as a starter. Mahomes’ presents for enjoying the place are merely extraordinary and something is actually attainable in terms of the numbers he can put up over a profession.
However don’t low cost what winning a Super Bowl would mean to the Chiefs and their followers. Kansas Metropolis hasn’t gained a residence playoff recreation since 1994, dropping six in a row. They haven’t been to the Super Bowl since Super Bowl IV and the times of Hank Stram. That’s an awfully huge curse to attempt to break so a lot of weight goes to be on his shoulders. If he’s capable of pull it off on prime of all of the numbers he’s put as much as, the sky is the restrict for what Mahomes’ legacy might be.
1. Drew Brees (Saints)
It’s virtually unattainable to state how a lot a second Super Bowl would mean to Drew Brees’ legacy as a quarterback. He’ll personal virtually every main NFL passing report when he retires and broke one of the hallowed NFL data of all this yr when he surpassed Peyton Manning’s all-time passing yards mark in Week 5 towards the Redskins. Manning’s TD mark of 539 ought to fall in Week 5 or 6 subsequent yr and assuming Brees outlasts Tom Brady (a yr and a half his senior) that report might be his as properly. It’s not simply yards and touchdowns, although. Brees is also the present all-time chief in completion proportion, 300 yard video games, 400 yards video games, yards per recreation, and completions.
Regardless of all of the data, all too typically Brees is handed over within the dialogue of biggest ever due to his lack of Super Bowls. His one victory in Super Bowl XLIV definitely places the Super Bowl Rubber Stamp of Validation on his profession, however there’s a large distinction when evaluating one Super Bowl victory to 4 (like Montana) or 5 (like Brady). Two Super Bowls would a minimum of put him equal with Peyton Manning and convey him into his rightful place alongside these others as one of many biggest to ever play the sport.
In fact, the truth that the Saints “only” have one Super Bowl is way from Brees’ fault. For many of his time in New Orleans, he’s had a bottom-third protection to attempt to carry to success. However with a excellent younger protection we’ve seen what Brees and the Saints are able to as they go into the postseason as Super Bowl favorites after a 13-Three season. It’s greater than a little ironic that Brees doesn’t should do all of it on his personal this postseason when there’s a lot that may be probably added to his legacy.