If the 2016 NFL playoffs have shown us one thing, it’s that the only way to win championships is with great quarterback play. With Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Ryan being the last four gunslingers remaining, the viewpoint that the quarterback is the most important position on the field is even more verified. Besides being big names, these four players each have had great statistical seasons, proving once and for all that the only way to win is with a great quarterback.
Statistically speaking, these four quarterbacks were some of the best the league had to offer this season. Matt Ryan ranks number one in total QBR at 83.3 and points added with 73, while Tom Brady comes in second with a QBR of 83.1 and 56.5 points added. Aaron Rodgers is fourth with a total QBR of 76.9 and 67.7 points added, and Big Ben comes in at 10th with a 66.2 QBR and 29.5 points added. It’s no surprise that the four quarterbacks remaining are Top 10 quarterbacks. After all, although defense wins championships, you win games by scoring more points than your opponents, and that’s just what these guys have helped to do. Aside from New England’s defense all of the other teams represented by these quarterbacks had defenses ranked outside of the top 10 in total defense during the regular season. Green Bay has a terrible secondary, Pittsburgh has struggled to defend the pass at times, Atlanta can’t stop the run and New England is slightly overrated.
The lack of quality defensive play for these teams only furthers the importance of their quarterback play. Without these guys, it’s doubtful that any of these teams would be playing today. Maybe Jimmy Garappolo could have led the Patriots to an AFC Championship due to the system he’s in, but there’s no chance that Landry Jones, Matt Schaub or rookie Brett Hundley. Solid quarterback play is as important as ever in today’s day and age, and we’ve certainly received proof of that this postseason.