Why is finding a Franchise QB so important?

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Perhaps 10 years ago, that could have been made a case that teams could win the big one without the services of a great quarterback. Not today. Take a look back at the past 10 Super Bowl winning and losing quarterbacks.

Super Bowl XXXVI: Winner- Tom Brady   Loser- Kurt Warner

Super Bowl XXXVII: Winner- Brad Johnson   Loser- Rich Gannon

Super Bowl XXXVIIIWinner- Tom Brady   Loser- Jake Delhomme

Super Bowl XXXVIX: Winner- Tom Brady   Loser- Donovan McNabb

Super Bowl XL: Winner- Ben Roethlisberger   Loser- Matt Hasselbeck

Super Bowl XLI: Winner- Peyton Manning    Loser- Rex Grossman

Super Bowl XLII: Winner- Eli Manning   Loser- Tom Brady

Super Bowl XLIII: Winner- Ben Roethlisberger   Loser- Kurt Warner

Super Bowl XLIV: Winner- Drew Brees   Loser- Peyton Manning

Super Bowl XLV: Winner- Aaron Rodgers   Loser- Ben Roethlisberger

To make things simple, I crossed out the names of the ones who I believe were not franchise quarterbacks. That leaves 17. 17 of 20 quarterbacks from the past 10 Super Bowl’s. For those of us who aren’t so hot in math, that is a whopping 85%. Out of the three who weren’t franchise quarterbacks, only Brad Johnson was actually able to lead their team to the victory. Don’t tell me a franchise quarterback isn’t important.

For those of you saying, “who cares? We want the Dolphins in the playoffs first, then we’ll worry about the Super Bowl”, I’d like to share the following. Out of the 12 playoff teams in 2010, only two (the Chiefs and the Seahawks) didn’t have legitmate quarterbacks. An argument could be made for Matt Cassel, and let’s be honest here, the Seahawks weren’t really a playoff team. I’d be willing to bet my life savings that the Rams (with their new franchise quarterback Sam Bradford) will be in the playoffs ahead of Seattle in 2011.

I’m not saying there is a franchise quarterback available in this draft. But if Jeff Ireland and Co. believe that Blaine Gabbert or Cam Newton can be that guy, they should do everything in their power to make sure they land one of them. Look at the Jets. They had to move up 25 spots to land Mark Sanchez, but they believed in him, and they did it. Take a page out of our most hated rivals book, and do the same, Jeff.

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  • Gmoney

    You are right, and i completely agree with you, we should just go after Kyle Orton, he has been putting good number on the last couple of season, but the people around him don’t seen to help him.

  • dodgeguy

    sound familiar?

  • madisoncb29

    @Gmoney- The only concern with Orton is his inconsistanty. At the beginning of the year, he looked amazing. Then he slowly got worse. Not to mention his last couple of years. I like him, but I’m not in love with him

    @dodgeguy- ?

  • mike

    If they would have to trade for Orton, forget it. Not worth it at all. I would rather them sign Brady Quinn and not lose any picks. Bring in a cheap free agent QB. Then draft Ponder in the 4th or T.J. Yates in the 6th.

  • madisoncb29

    I’m no where near as high on Ponder as some others are. He reminds me too much of Chad Pennington. We need a quarterback that can stretch the field.

    If the Dolphins are going to wait and take a quarterback in the second-tier, I’m all-in on Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick. He has shown me a lot, especially during Senior Bowl week. He’s big, at 6’5 and can stretch the field, exactly why the team needs.

  • Gmoney

    I’m just tire of the Dolphins being conservative when it come to FA or draft, they never want to do anything crazy or risk to much to try to get a valuable player we always seem to settle for less, and we keep picking this QB on the second round that dont do anything for the team than give us hope from draft day to Rockie season and them they never live to our expectations, and lately we have had the worst offenses pick since Dan Marino left, because brown have had some good years but he is not elite.

  • john

    Hold on.. as a Texans fan I disagree. Matt Schaub is a franchise QB. As a top 5 QB in the past few years (last year the leagues most passing yards) I would say that he has what it takes. They just don’t have a defense…

    Now I agree that the Dolphins need a good QB and I hope y’all find one.

  • http://www.bleepthatithink.blogspot.com Mike Rosenbloom

    John you’re right. Schaub never seems to get the credit he deserves, and I apologize for being another person to throw him in the rest. When I was looking at a generic team and what they need on offense to be a playoff team, I was giving them at least an average defense. As clearly evidenced by this past season, the Texans do not have an average or close-to-average defense. The Dolphins have a better than average defense, which is where my argument came from.

    Sorry for the diss, my friend.

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