I've often heard that there are numerous factors to consider when evaluating a quarterback. Most people will tell you there are from 3 to 6 characteristics to consider. I have added a seventh (strength/durability) to the "conventional wisdom 6". My list in order of importance would be:
1. mental (learning the playbook, pre-snap decisions, post-snap decisions, quick thinking under pressure)
2. leadership (instilling confidence in team mates, making the other players better)
3. accuracy (long and short throws, touch, hitting the correct postion on the receiver)
4. mobility (movement within the pocket and ability to run or buy time)
5. arm strength (distance and velocity)
6. release (position and quickness)
7. size/durability (height, weight and ever ready bunny clone)
Tim Tebow would score well on #1, #2, #4 and #7. He'd not fare so well on the others.
C. Ponder would score well on #1, #2, #3 and #4. He'd be ok on the others.
Where does EJ rank? It's still a little early in his starting career (although he's had the equivalent of about a regular season of starting games) but IMHO, he'd score well on #2, #4, #5, and #7. I think he'd suffer on #1 (pre- snap reading defenses,etc., and post-snap taking what's given, progressions, and throwing the ball away as opposed to taking the sack) on #3, at least on the shorter routes, and #6 (he doesn't seem to have the D Marino ability to get rid of the ball in a 1/4 second motion...but who does?).
What are your thoughts?
Who's the best you've seen at this position (NFL studs like Brees, Brady and Rogers don't count)?
How does J Winston (or our other qb's on the roster or, hopefully, soon to be on the roster) score on this rating system?
What would you add to the criteria?
What would you change in the order (the first three are almost interchangeable, but I assumed anyone playing the position would be reasonably good at throwing the ball and went from there)?