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The Trickle - arguing with myself Feb. 2

February 2, 2009 - Brian Ferry

I'll show you

I was recently informed that I was jealous at the high level of comment activity received by another blogger on the Times Observer Web site. Perhaps I am jealous. Comments are cool. But, no offense to Andy, do comments on a manager's blog that are written by a subordinate really count? Since I won't browbeat anyone into commenting on my blogs, I'll just write more. So there.



Comparing QBs

What's all the hoopla about? Kurt Warner just lost another Super Bowl. That doesn't quite put him on the level of Jim Kelly. Still, getting your team to the big game is pretty good. But, did Warner really get his team there? No way. If I worked out for a few months, bulked up my throwing arm and practiced with Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston for another few months, I think I could throw for 3,000 yards in the NFL. Give me Edgerrin James a few years ago or Tim Hightower a few years from now to keep defenses from sighting in only on me and I might throw for 5,000. Given Arizona's personnel this year, I suspect either of the prolific passing Dans (Fouts and Marino) could have hung up 6,000 yards. There are dozens of quarterbacks, most of them not having three Super Bowl appearances, who I would rather have in my theoretical championship backfield, especially in less-than-perfect weather. I could pick a bunch that played in games this year - Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Donovan McNabb, Philip Rivers (Jay Cutler, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Cassell, Matt Schaub and Tony Romo could work their way onto the list). As long as I'm comparing Warner to current quarterbacks, let's talk Matt Ryan (what is it with quarterbacks named Matt?). He did somewhat less than Warner with a lot less receiving talent. Did Warner do better than David Garrard? Eli Manning? Chad Pennington? Yes, but not by enormous margins. Ben Roethlisberger and Vince Young/Kerry Collins won more. Carson Palmer was awful this year, but Warner's been there. Sure, Warner has thrown a lot of passes to a lot of great receivers in his career and has made it to more Super Bowls than most quarterbacks. But really, where's the beef?


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