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I submit my list of the greatest quarterbacks ever – Joe Montana, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Johnny Unitas, John Elway, Dan Marino, Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, and Patrick Mahomes.
Here is my attempt at an evaluation to establish the current GOAT standings – A player can receive as many as five points per category – not all players will receive points.
Arm Strength
5 – Elway, Marino, Mahomes
4 – Manning, Favre, Rodgers
Comment – The others do not receive points since their game was not based on being able to throw deep.
5 – Rodgers,Mahomes
4 – Elway, Favre
Comment – The others are more pure pocket passers – no points for them.
Current Standings
Mahomes 10
Elway 9
Rodgers 9
Favre 8
Marino 5
Manning 4
Nickel and Dime (The ability to nickel and dime you to death on a consistent basis)
5 – Montana, Brady
4 – Brees
Comment – I see the others as more big play quarterbacks.
5 – Manning
4 – Montana, Brady
3 – Everyone else
Comment – Everyone scores points here cause this is why they are on the list.
Current Standings
Mahomes 13
Elway 12
Rodgers 12
Favre 11
Montana 9
Brady 9
Manning 9
Marino 8
Brees 7
Unitas 3
Vision (No pressure and under pressure)
5 – Favre, Mahomes
4 – Elway, Rodgers
3 – Everyone else except
2 – Unitas
Comment – Unitas penalized for the more simplistic era he played in.
5 – Montana, Brady, Manning, Rodgers, Mahomes
4 – Elway, Favre
3 – Everyone else.
Comments – For me, this was the hardest category to judge.
Current Standings
Mahomes 23
Rodgers 21
Elway 20
Favre 20
Montana 17
Brady 17
Manning 17
Marino 14
Brees 13
Unitas 8
5 – Montana, Brady
4 – Manning, Unitas
3 – Elway
2 – Everyone else
Comment – Do not think that I need to explain this one.
5 – Brady, Manning, Brees
4 – Marino, Favre, Unitas, Mahomes
Comment – Career Touchdowns, Single Season Touchdowns, and 101 Touchdowns with 19 Interceptions.
Current Standings
Mahomes 29
Brady 27
Favre 26
Manning 26
Rodgers 23
Elway 23
Montana 22
Marino 20
Brees 20
Unitas 16
Clutch Gene
5 – Montana, Mahomes
4 – Brady, Manning
3 – Elway, Marino, Unitas
2 – Favre, Rodgers, Brees
Comment – I would love to discuss the difference between two and three.
Leadership (with personality traits)
5 – Montana, Brady, Manning, Elway, Mahomes
4 – Unitas
3 – Marino, Brees
2 – Favre, Rodgers
Final Standings
Mahomes – 39
Brady – 36
Manning – 36
Montana – 32
Elway – 31
Favre – 30
Rodgers – 27
Marino – 26
Brees – 25
Unitas – 23
I seriously tried to cut down on my Mahomes bias – I scored him based on what he has done so far.  He is the only one on the list that could change their score (up or down) – I do not see Brady or Brees changing in their final year or two.  This is how I truly feel that Mahomes measures up to the competition.
Tear me apart in the chat but do not use the argument about the length of Mahomes career compared to the others – that was considered but he was graded on what he has done so far.  Have fun telling me how wrong I am.


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11/22/2020 6:47 pm


you’re still seriously biased …

look, the first couple of things you rank, you give either 5 or 4 points to “the best” then 0 to the rest … that;s totalyl fucked up and skewed … I mean, Manning may not have been a DEEP passer, but he should still get points for arm strength, mobility, what-the-fuck-ever, even if it’s only 1 point out of 5

that goes for every player in every category … THEN you go back and add all the points

until that;s done, the whole thing is so seriously flawed that it’s really pretty useless and it’s in no way objective as it is

11/11/2020 12:26 pm

Your system is flawed, because in no way is Elway on the same level as Montana, and better than Rodgers, Brees, and Marino

Reply to  EAFOX
11/11/2020 4:41 pm

well. if you factor in cheating he doesnt. Both of those rings are filthy

Reply to  WaywerdSon
11/11/2020 7:32 pm

I don’t believe rings are a tell all for QB greatness. If it was, the debate wouldn’t be a debate, it would just be Brady.

Reply to  WaywerdSon
11/22/2020 6:47 pm

what, did Elway have his own deflated footballs?

Reply to  Leaf
11/22/2020 6:49 pm

Leaf, his system IS flawed, but not for the non-reasons you suggest (your flaw is in being subjective in attempting to point out objective flaws … it don’t work like that)

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