First, let me premise my post by saying, I am not a football analyst, merely a fan that makes observations. So, if my observations are assanine or ridiculous, chalk it up to ignorance. Don't tear me a new one. :-)
Some folks and I were talking at work, and the topic of Jake Delhomme "sucking" came up. I, being the blue and black blooded Panther fan that I am, ran to his rescue. However, none of my arguments held water with my co-workers. So, I compiled a list of all the starting QB's in the league, and ranked them. I'll be honest, I did not expect what I found.
My list includes the starting quaterbacks. Not included are QB's that are unproven, held the reins for a year or less: Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Matt Cassel, Aaron Rogers and the rookies. I found everyone in the league who is better than JD in my estimation.
1. Tom Brady
2. Peyton Manning
3. Ben Rothlisberger
4. Kurt Warner
5. Drew Brees
6. Brett Favre (pending the Vikings signing)
7. Donovan McNabb
8. Jay Cutler
9. Eli Manning
10. Carson Palmer (pending his return from injury)
11. Tony Romo
12. Phillip Rivers
13. Matt Hasselbeck (pending his return from injury)
That puts good ole' JD at 14 in my estimation. Better than average, considering 16 is average. Granted, some of the people I disqualified may be better, but we don't know for sure.
People always fallback on the playoff loss, however I've seen Peyton, Donovan, Tony, Ben...all have bad games. It happens. Besides, Jake took the Panthers to 2 NFC Championships and the BIG ONE. That's more than pretty boy Romo has done, right? And the Cowboys are better than the Panthers, on paper. :-)
That leads me to my argument that the panthers have a "helluva" shot this year. A top notch run game, a better than average QB and a top 10 defense? Sounds like the makings of a Superbowl team to me.
Like I said previously, if I'm totally off course on this, I know the masterminds at CSR will set me straight and I will go to work with my head held low. :-)
Jake sucks? No way. Feedback?