1. Kern82 – Not only did his first three picks win 11 Super Bowls, but they were 11-0. Think about that. A bit of a stumble with Randall Cunningham (Stabler still on the board with a better resume, more playoffs… even Bobby Layne brings more to the table) but overall, the strongest group.
2. EdSo – Solid credentials here with Unitas, Favre, Moon, and Tittle. Arguably, the toughest quarterback team with plenty of yards, titles, and variety. Good mix of old school and modern accumulators.
3. Tec – Started strong with Elway/Staubach, misfired with Warner and his five or six productive seasons, slight redemption on the underrated career of McNabb. If he had picked Rapelisberger in the 3rd round, might have an argument for the 2nd spot.
4. Burnsy – Started out like a house afire with Steve Young and Otto Graham, cooled a bit with Slingin’ Sammy Baugh (a historical figure more than a quarterback), and went completely batshit with Ken Anderson. Stabler and Anderson were contemporaries; Stabler won more games, more titles, more playoff games, and nailed more cocktail waitresses.
5. MikeT – The Bart Starr pick is hard to defend, even for this old-timer. Replace Starr with Aikman, and the team becomes better. All the stability and game management of Starr with a much stronger and more accurate arm. The Jurgensen pick seems to be more to make a point about the QBs in the 60’s than a legitimate pick. Sometimes I think he avoided Stabler just because I said he’d take him.
6. JTP – His pick of Marino is defensible. Taking Fouts at the same time was not. His pick of Rapeslisberger is defensible. Taking Eli at the same time was not. Eli is an average quarterback except for two postseasons, basically the span of maybe 10 games in his entire career. 8-3 in the postseason sounds good until you realize Eli’s been 1-and-done in the postseason THREE times out of his five trips. The other two times, he ran the table.
7. Stine – Fran Tarkenton was better than Terry Bradshaw, Troy Aikman, Jim Kelly, and Warren Moon…? Really? He had the best defense of that generation behind him (hell, JOE KAPP took them to the Super Bowl), and couldn’t win. Gained back some cred with Lenny Dawson matriculating the ball down the field, but Bob Griese was a mistake. Earl Morrall led that team to an undefeated season. Earl ******* Morrall!?!?
8. Damag – Aaron Rodgers? In the first round? Of historical QBs? Followed by Drew Brees? What are you, fifteen years old? Then he tries to pick someone he’s seen recently with Suzy Kolber to make it seem like he knows “old-school”. Plunkett is a worthy late round pick, but everyone else was overvalued by at least a round (Namath by four or five rounds).