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Is having an Elite Quarterback necessary in the NFL?

Former Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez was reported to have stated that Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was an excellent quarterback, but not an elite quarterback.  But my question is does it really matter?  Maybe it matters when it comes to putting up a lot points, or throwing for a lot of passing yards, but is it important to winning championships?

The ultimate goal of any team should be to win the Super Bowl, and as we saw with Super Bowl XLVIII, the so-called elite quarterback Peyton Manning was outplayed by Russell Wilson.  A good up and coming quarterback, but not one who could be labeled as “elite” at this point in his career.

And I would agree with Gonzalez that Matt Ryan is not elite, but there are only a handful of NFL quarterbacks who can be called elite.  Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Aaron Rodgers are the only ones that really come to mind as elite quarterbacks.  So therefore every other team needs to find the best quarterback they can, elite or not.

The last three Super Bowls have been won by quarterbacks who would be described a franchise quarterbacks, Wilson, Joe Flacco, and Eli Manning, but not elite.  When it comes to the Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, I think it’s important for the Redskins to build a more complete team around him, and not put all the pressure on him to win.

Let’s play role reversal.  Would Russell Wilson have led the Redskins to the Super Bowl this year?  I would say no.  But put RGIII on the Seahawks, I think they would still be a Super Bowl contender.  The Seahawks are a team that is better constructed than the Redskins, and Wilson isn’t asked to do nearly as much as RGIII was in the grand scheme.

The Redskins need to build a system that isn’t dependent on having an elite performance form it’s quarterback.  Passing for 5,000 yards in a season proves nothing.  Teams need to find ways to win without having an elite quarterback.  We’ve seen that happen recently, and if the Redskins build the team right, they can win whether RGIII becomes elite or not.


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  • Monzell Lamar Lewis

    Wilson ask not to make mistakes those other QBs make a lot of mistakes even if they change teams they still have problems just because we throw less run more are game is still a very skillful act of actions!!

  • Samuel Gipson

    You forget two important points. Wilson is 3 times the team leader as RG3 and Wilson has more football smarts.

    • Maurice Barksdale

      Samuel, you state those two important points as if they are facts, when they are just your opinion. I’m a fan of Russell Wilson, but his situation is a much better one than RGIII had to deal with. And it’s not even close defensively. Give Wilson Jim Haslett and the Redskins defense, and give RGIII the Seahawks defense and you’ll see a role reversal.

      I submit to you that if not for RGIII’s knee injury, the Redskins would have beaten the Seahawks in the 2012 playoffs, and the Redskins would have been a playoff team this past year. Russell Wilson didn’t have to deal with a torn ACL and missing an entire off season.

      But for some reason RGIII’s detractors overlook the knee injury when they give their evaluations of him.

      • CD

        Wait, this isn’t an opinion article? RGIII on Seahawks would be a SB contender, Wilson on Redskins would not be SB contender, a role reversal for these qbs based on defensive performances, Redskins would have beaten the Seahawks in 2012 if not for RGIII injury, you know what an elite qb is? These all sound like opinions to me so let the man speak his.

        • Maurice Barksdale

          CD, in the article I said “I think” the Seahawks would still be a Super Bowl contender with RGIII at QB, which is stated as an opinion. Samuel said that I forgot two important points, as if to suggest that I should have known that Russell Wilson is 3 times better than RGIII, and that Wilson has more football smarts.

          Unlike me, Samuel didn’t say he “thinks” Russell Wilson is 3 times the team leader RGIII is, he said Wilson “is” 3 times the leader. No one knows that for sure, but Samuel stated it as if everyone should know it, like it’s a clear fact. Which it isn’t. But thanks for taking the time to give your take on this.