Winning Super Bowls is difficult Lard 3-26-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Dave Anderson finds it notable that Peyton Manning would join only Norm Van Brocklin (pre-SB era) as a great QB to win a title after a late-career team switch, if he wins one in Denver.

We're going to be subjected to a lot of this stuff going forward, for however long Peyton plays in Denver (unless, of course, he wins one).

But really, the list of championship quarterbacks is pretty short to begin with (29 different SB winners), and the tally of guys who led their team to a SB title at 36 or older is obviously shorter (John Elway, Johnny Unitas, Jim Plunkett). And as we can see from Anderson's column, the list of great QBs who switched teams during the autumn of their NFL time is quite brief to begin with. Teams tend to hang onto great QBs, unless they are the rare organization like the Niners or Packers with a great replacement on tap like Steve Young or Aaron Rodgers.

Point being, it's hard and rare enough to win a Super Bowl, period. Whittling the group of QBs who have done so down by age and/or the number of teams they played for is purely mentally masturbative trivia. After all, we could just as easily say that Peyton would join John Elway as the only Denver QB to win a title.

The subtitle for Anderson's column reads, "Titles Are Elusive For Old Quarterbacks Who Move On."

Is this really any more true than, "Titles Are Elusive For Most Quarterbacks, Period."?


Chris Hall spoke with John Fox for BTV at the league's annual meetings about the acquisition of Manning.

Peyton is expected to have a weekly 30-minute show on KUSA-9.


As expected, old friend Domonique Foxworth was elected the new president of the NFLPA, replacing Kevin Mawae. The union is expecting the salary cap number to get a big boost for the 2014 season thanks to increased TV revenue.

Former Steelers CB William Gay, who visited the Broncos last week, agreed to a two-year deal with the Cardinals.

Chad Johnson restructured his deal with the Patriots.

Giants owner John Mara dished out some shots at his rivals by showing bemusement at the Jets holding a presser to announce their new backup QB today, and suggesting Dallas and Washington got off easy could have lost draft picks for their salary cap violations. But Doug Farrar thinks Mara actually bolstered the arguments of his NFCE competitors with his comments.


Andrew Brandt explains just what goes on at these league meetings, which start today.

Khaled Elsayed goes over pass rush productivity for edge defenders and finds Von Miller among the best from 2011 and Robert Ayers among the worst.

In PFF's first mailbag, Ben Stockwell tries to explain why the site's offensive line grades seemed so poor across the board.

Rob Rang updates his big board and lists some potential bargains; Matt Waldman evaluates A&M's Ryan Tannehill.

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