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What it Takes to Win a Super Bowl: Quarterback

A comment by McGeorge sparked some thought into what is required at quarterback to win a Super Bowl. Our current starter so far this season will be Kyle Orton, a player who was average in just about every area last season. As I look back on the past Super Bowl winners and contenders, I will compare the starting quarterbacks as well as the team surrounding them. This isn't a multi-decade look at this topic, nor is it to in-depth on the skills of each team, but it will look at the stats from each quarterback, as well as how each team played as a whole on offense and defense. So shall we?

The 2009 Denver Broncos:

Offense:

- 326 points, 20.6 per game (20th in the NFL)

- 5463 yards, 341 per game (15th in the NFL)

- 3627 yards passing, 226.7 per game (13th in the NFL)

- 1836 yards rushing, 114.8 per game (17th in the NFL)

- 16th rank average

Overall, our offense fell into the middle third of the NFL, making it almost completely average.

Defense:

- 324 points allowed, 20.3 per game (14th in the NFL)

- 5040 yards allowed, 315 per game (7th in the NFL)

- 2981 yards passing allowed, 186.3 per game (3rd in the NFL)

- 2059 yards rushing allowed, 128.7 per game (26th in the NFL)

- 13th rank average

Our defense was fantastic in yards allowed overall, especially against the pass, but in points allowed, we were average, and in rushing yards allowed, we were absolutely terrible, ranking 26th in the NFL. Overall our defense was ranked at ever-so-slightly above average.

Kyle Orton:

- 336 of 541 passes completed, 62.1% (14th in the NFL)

- Quarterback rating of 86.8 (14th in the NFL)

- 3802 yards (11th in NFL)

- 21 touchdowns (17th in the NFL)

- 12 Interceptions (8th in NFL of quarterbacks starting 12+ games)

- 11th rank average

Overall, Orton actually played slightly above average. He also possesses the intangibles that make players respect and like him, hard worker, quiet leader, strong ethic, and takes responsibility.

The Chart on Super Bowl Teams:

Okay, this is your standard table, covering both the offense and the defensive statistics of each team that went to the Super Bowl over the past 10 years, and our 2009 Broncos tossed in for comparison. It has yards per game (Yards/G), points per game (Pts/G), rushing yards per game (RY/G)  and passing yards per game (PY/G). On the defense side, that same notations are used, but they refer to yards and points allowed. It also includes their ranking in the NFL that season. Now the rankings shouldn't take too much notice, as the league numbers regularly fluctuates. I know it may be tough to look at, but please take your time, there is a lot to get out of it.

Offense

Defense

Team

Yards/G

Rank

Pts/G

Rank

RY/G

Rank

PY/G

Rank

Yrds/G

Rank

Pts/G

Rank

RY/G

Rank

PY/G

Rank

09 Broncos

341

15th

20.6

20th

114.8

17th

226.7

13th

315

7th

20.3

14th

128.7

26th

186.3

3rd

09 Saints

408.8

1st

31.9

1st

131.6

6th

272.2

4th

356.4

25th

21.3

20th

122.2

21st

235.6

26th

09 Colts

363.1

9th

26

7th

80.9

32nd

282.2

2nd

339.2

18th

19.2

8th

126.5

24th

212.7

14th

08 Steelers

311.9

22nd

21.7

20th

105.6

23rd

206.3

17th

237.2

1st

13.9

1st

80.3

2nd

156.9

1st

08 Cardinals

365.8

4th

26.7

4th

73.6

32nd

292.1

2nd

331.5

19th

26.6

28th

110.3

16th

221.3

22nd

07 Gaints

331.4

16th

23.3

14th

134.3

4th

197.1

21st

288.3

4th

17.1

4th

97.7

8th

207.3

11th

07 Patriots

411.3

1st

36.8

1st

115.6

13th

295.7

1st

305

7th

21.9

17th

98.3

10th

190.1

6th

06 Colts

379.4

3rd

26.7

3rd

110.1

18th

269.3

2nd

332.3

21st

22.5

23rd

173

32nd

159.3

2nd

06 Bears

324.9

15th

26.7

2nd

119.9

15th

205.1

14th

294.1

5th

15.9

3rd

99.4

6th

194.8

11th

05 Steelers

321.8

16th

24.3

9th

138.9

5th

182.9

24th

284

4th

16.1

3rd

86

3rd

198

16th

05 Seahawks

369.7

2nd

28.3

1st

153.6

3rd

216.1

13th

316.8

17th

16.9

7th

94.4

5th

222.4

25th

04 Patriots

357.6

7th

27.3

4th

133.4

7th

224.3

11th

310.8

9th

16.3

4th

98.3

6th

212.5

17th

04 Eagles

351.1

9th

24.1

8th

102.4

24th

248.7

7th

319.7

10th

16.3

2nd

118.9

16th

200.8

12th

03 Patriots

314.9

17th

21.8

12th

100.4

27th

214.5

9th

291.6

7th

14.9

1st

89.6

4th

187.7

14th

03 Panthers

321.3

16th

20.3

15th

130.7

7th

190.6

18th

295.3

8th

19

10th

107.6

11th

202

9th

02 Bucs

312.6

24th

21.6

18th

110.1

18th

279.7

15th

252.8

1st

12.3

1st

97.1

5th

155.6

1st

02 Raiders

389.8

1st

28.1

2nd

97.3

27th

215.3

1st

311.2

11th

19

6th

90.8

3rd

220.4

23rd

01 Patriots

418.1

1st

23.2

6th

112.1

13th

193.1

23rd

334.3

25th

17

6th

115.9

19th

218.6

25th

01 Rams

305.1

20th

31.4

1st

126.7

5th

291.4

1st

279.4

3rd

17.1

7th

86.6

3rd

192.9

10th

00 Ravens

313.4

17th

20.8

14th

137.4

5th

175.9

22nd

247.9

2nd

10.3

1st

60.6

1st

187.3

8th

00 Giants

336

13th

20.5

15th

125.6

11th

210.4

13th

284.1

5th

15.4

5th

72.25

2nd

211.9

16th

The Chart on Super Bowl Quarterbacks:

Now here is the list of the quarterbacks who lead their team to the Super Bowl, plus Orton as well. Like I said earlier, don't trust the rankings, cause in 2000 and 2001, Orton would have the numbers to be top 5 and in 2007, he would struggle make the top 20.

Name

Rating

Rank

Comp. %

Rank

Yards

Rank

Yards/G

Rank

Touchdowns

Rank

Int.

Kyle Orton

86.8

14th

621

14th

3802

11th

238

13th

21

16th

12

2009 Super Bowl

Brees

109.6

1st

70.6

1st

4388

6th

292.8

2nd

34

1st

11

P. Manning

99.9

6th

68.8

2nd

4500

2nd

281.3

4th

33

3rd

16

2008 Super Bowl

Roethlisbeger

80.1

24th

59.9

21st

3301

14th

206.3

19th

17

15th

15

Warner

96.9

3rd

67.1

2nd

4583

2nd

286.4

2nd

30

3rd

14

2007 Super Bowl

E. Manning

73.9

25th

56.1

30th

3336

12th

208.5

18th

23

11th

20

Brady

117.2

1st

68.9

1st

4806

1st

300.4

1st

50

1st

8

2006 Super Bowl

P. Manning

101

1st

65

3rd

4397

2nd

274.8

2nd

31

1st

9

Grossman

73.9

22nd

54.6

21st

3193

12th

199.6

16th

23

7th

20

2005 Super Bowl

Roethlisbeger

98.6

3rd

62.7

9th

2385

21st

198.8

22nd

17

15th

9

Hasselbeck

98.2

4th

65.5

5th

3459

10th

216.2

16th

24

4th

9

2004 Super Bowl

Brady

92.6

8th

60.8

13th

3692

10th

230.8

14th

28

6th

14

McNabb

104.7

4th

64

10th

3875

8th

258.3

5th

31

3rd

8

2003 Super Bowl

Brady

85.9

10th

60.2

11th

3620

6th

226.3

9th

23

10th

12

Delhomme

80.6

14th

59.2

12th

3219

13th

201.2

16th

19

12th

16

2002 Super Bowl

Johnson

92.9

3rd

62.3

6th

3049

17th

234.5

10th

22

9th

6

Gannon

97.3

2nd

67.6

2nd

4689

1st

293.1

1st

26

5th

10

2001 Super Bowl

Brady

86.5

6th

63.9

4th

2843

22nd

189.5

28th

18

13th

12

Warner

101.4

1st

68.7

1st

4830

1st

301.9

1st

36

1st

22

2000 Super Bowl

Dilfer

59.3

20th

59.3

19th

1502

34th

166.9

\

12

23rd

11

Collins

83.1

12th

58.8

21st

3610

9th

225.6

\

22

6th

13


Review:

As I went back and reviewed each Super Bowl team over the past decade, I found we weren't actually that far away. We had either the same or better offenses then a number of teams, the 2002 Bucs, the 2003 Panthers and Patriots, the 2005 and 2008 Steelers  and the 2007 Giants. Our defense as a whole was on par with or better then all the pass heavy teams like the Colts, Cardinals and Saints, the 2007 Patriots, 2005 Seahawks, 2003 Panthers, and the 2001 Patriots. In reality the biggest flaw I saw was how many yards we gave up to the run and our struggle to run the ball. Had that even been closer to 15th in the NFL, we'd actually look similar to a number of teams on this list. The closest teams I could compare us to, at least statistically,were the 2003 Panthers and the 2007 Giants. Both had better running games and better run defenses but we had a better passing defense. Had we improved both our lines, we would have been a much better team. Here's hoping our improvements made their can compensate for losses elsewhere.

As for quarterbacks, Orton last season actually outplayed a number of Super Bowl quarterbacks. The list includes, both of Roethlisber's trips, Eli Manning, Grossman, Brady in 2003 and 2001, Delhomme, Johnson, Dilfer and Collins. Now this was in general, while some may have been more accurate, or thrown more touchdowns, looking at the body of work that season, Orton outplayed them. So while those teams were all either run and defense based, Dilfer, Roethlisberger, Johnson, or the quarterback was surrounded by talent, Brady, Delhomme, and Collins, Orton actually played well enough to compete with a number of those players. Orton in 2005 rode the Bears to the Playoffs, and he really was just along for the ride, but the Orton today would have made that team much better. I'll let you draw your own conclusion on the data, but here's mine: Orton is good enough to take a team to the Super Bowl, not by himself, Orton is no Manning, Brady or Brees, but with a good team, he's either better then or about the same as half the guys on this list.

This is a Fan-Created Comment on MileHighReport.com. The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff of MHR

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