Did you get a load of this, from Doug's most favoritest football writer Alex Marvez?
27 Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalists. No QBs nominated. Hasn't been one voted in since 2006. But plenty of o-linemen!!! #fail— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) November 30, 2012
This is a guy who used to be a voter for the Hall of Fame, as president of the Professional Football Writers Association, but doesn't presently hold one of the 44 seats. Other reporters, such as his FoxSports.com colleagues John Czarnecki and Nancy Gay, do get to vote. Remember my Rule Number 1 of sports: anything which is decided by reporters voting is diminished by that fact, and I'd go so far as to say it's inherently worthless.
Marvez thinks that there's a shortage of QBs in the Hall of Fame, because none has been elected since 2006. He also presumably thinks professional wrestling is real, since he writes a column about it for Scripps-Howard. I asked Marvez via Twitter who some deserving QBs are who have been snubbed, but I got no response.
Because I'm a swell guy, I looked at the passing stats on Pro Football Reference, to see if anybody obvious jumped out. When I checked out passing yards, the top five guys who are eligible to be elected, but aren't in the Hall, are Vinny Testaverde, Drew Bledsoe, Dave Krieg, Boomer Esiason, and Jim Everett. Any HOFers there?
When I look at TD passes, I get Testaverde, Krieg, Bledsoe, Esiason, and John Hadl. How about now, Alex?
When I take a qualitative approach, and look for players who Jim Nantz likes to blow on national TV, and other media favorites, the best names I find are Phil Simms, Steve DeBerg, Ken Anderson, Bernie Kosar, and John Brodie. Who is missing?
As I told Marvez on Twitter, it's closer to "too easy" than it is to "too hard" to make it into the HOF as a QB. You can tell this by the fact that there's no backlog of people who have been snubbed. You can also tell this by the fact that there are 30 QBs in Canton, and only 43 offensive linemen.
Five times as many linemen play in a game at any time as do QBs. If your standard for what constitutes greatness is consistent, in the bell curve sense, there should be roughly five times as many great players who played on the line as there are QBs.
That is, unless you're an idiot sports reporter, who has no idea which lineman is good, and which one is bad. It follows that you have no ability to even watch the film, which is available, and make that determination, and what's more, you probably lack the attention span to even look at it.
I mean, hell, how do you write an interesting article about a freaking guard? Larry Allen was very strong, and John Madden used to say a lot of things about him. He played on some Super Bowl teams.
That's what the problem is, right, Alex? There are no stats to misuse and misunderstand, and that makes it hard to fill space in a column. What else can you say about offensive linemen, than that they made Pro Bowls? Reporters like to vote in QBs, because they feel less like frauds in doing so; everybody will agree that the sixth-best QB of his era (let's say Jim Kelly) was a HOFer, right? People talked about him on TV all the time!
The real #fail is that we consider the Pro Football Hall of Fame to be a legitimate delineator of who was great, and who was less than great. It really has no legitimate moral or intellectual standing to claim to answer the question of which is which, when clowns like Alex Marvez and his brain-dead reporter brethren are the ones deciding who gets in, and who doesn't.