Originally Posted by Guru
I think it's tough to classify players (especially QB's) through the Era's. Too many differences in the way the game was played, rules, and size, speed, and strength of the guys played against/with. The SB is also another thing that skews the QB debate. I'm a firm believer that it's a team accolade that tends to have a good QB on the team, instead of judging QB's with a huge curve to how many championships won. After all only one QB per year can win a championship and if they play on a crap team there is only so far they can take them. And if that's a true indictment of how good a QB truly is then Otto Graham would be the GOAT and it wouldn't be close. It would also mean that Brad Johnson and Trent Dilfer are better than Marino which is as laughable as thinking Big Ben and Eli are better than Peyton. I couldn't imagine how many rings Peyton would have if he was drafted by the Steelers or any other team with a great D. Also the 'any given Sunday' term doesn't go away on SB Sunday, so the better QB or team doesn't win every time.
So with all that said I think Marino is one of the best to ever play the position. Where he would rank for me is top 10, but not sure where in the top 10 because there were a lot of great QB's and I really can't come up with an appropriate approach as to where they truly should go. He's definitely one of the GOAT and it looks like that is something everyone can agree on.
Great Post!! I agree with everything you said!