Originally Posted by SDW2001
But there is also an intangible here: McNabb's attitude...his urgency, his leadership. He's never shown the kind of urgency he's needed to, nor displayed the leadership qualities he needs. He doesn't have that x factor of turning it on when the game is on the line. He can make great plays, and sometimes those plays ARE game winners, but he blows it just as often. He lacks that Tom Brady, Joe Montana, John Elway and Peyton Manning game-winning drive quality.
I would never compare McNabb to Elway, Montana, etc., I was just pointing out that statistically he's not having as bad a year as many seem to think. The way people are talking, you'd think he was making Ryan Leaf look good. Yes, he's having some problems, but I don't believe he's a major cause of the Eagles being 4-5. He doesn't coach the game plan (or lack thereof); has nobody other than Westbrook who scares a defense to throw to; doesn't play special teams or defense, both of which have lost at least 3 games this year. I think he's a very good, but not quite 'special' QB, not quite able to control a game on his own, but still better than 90% of the QBs out there. I'd compare him favorably to O'Brien, Esiason or Moon.
I do have to agree with you about his intangibles, they have always been iffy at best. But then, if QBs were judged solely on intangibles, Jim McMahon would be the best QB of all time!
Originally Posted by Flounder
This isn't particularly about McNabb, but I just wanted to say that the passer rating statistic is terrible. It dramatically over-rewards check down passes. 6 yard passes on third and 10 are good for your QB rating, but don't help your team win.
Agreed, the QB Rating is outdated with today's high percentage passing systems, IIRC it was invented when QBs threw 15-20 passes per game, most of which were long ball attempts. That said, it's still considered to be an important statistical record by the NFL. (most seasons leading league, seasons with >100 QB Rating, etc.)