Pop Quiz, Hotshot
See if you can tell who these quarterbacks are based on their stats at similar points in their careers:
54 games, 920-1528 (60.2%), 10,527 yards, 54 TD, 60 INT, 76.4 rating
54 games, 460-825 (55.8%), 5,895 yards, 34 TD, 27 INT, 78.4 rating
52 games, 907-1647 (55.1%), 10,425 yards, 70 TD, 59 INT, 73.6 rating
58 games, 944-1748 (54.0%), 11,637 yards, 66 TD, 65 INT, 71.9 rating
53 games, 792-1529 (51.8%), 10,269 yards, 61 TD, 61 INT, 69.9 rating
Figure it out yet?
Quarterback A is Troy Aikman
Quarterback B is Steve Young
Quarterback C is Eli Manning
Quarterback D is John Elway
Quarterback E is Phil Simms
Four of those five guys turned out pretty well, huh?
I realize nobody has patience anymore and that the old adage that it took five years to become a quality NFL quarterback has largely fallen by the wayside in recent years, but, please, everybody calling for Eli Manning to be thrown on the scrap heap after less than four seasons…please relax.
BTW, this is a pretty good read on Eli.