Originally Posted by Gravedigger
The easiest barometer for this argument is will he win us the game when we're down? Landry Jones will not. I want a QB that announcers on the television and all major media outlets say "You can't give him the ball with that much time left on the clock!" I want the opposing team fearing our QB over every other player on our team and that includes Jamaal Charles. You get that guy, you make it impossible for teams to stack the box and dominate our Oline. This is basic knowledge, and not Cassel, nor Jones, nor Quinn, nor Stanzi, nor any other FA will give us that fear that a rookie quarterback like Smith and Barkley will do. Give that to me this offseason and I'll be back next season.
More often than not, when you're met with the words "The easiest barometer for this argument..." and then a wall of text, that wall of text is going to be simplistic and not terribly helpful.
This is one of those times.
By your argument, Tim Tebow is the lord of all quarterbacks ever created while Tom Brady and yes, even Peyton Manning (who was criticized for never winning the big one at Tennessee) would be busts.
There is no 'easy barometer' for deciding who your QB should be. If you're content with going with the 'winner' analysis; so be it. You're going to end up with a lot of plucky washouts like Josh Huepel, Jason White and Ken Dorsey for your troubles.
And if you go with every toolsy QB in the draft, you'll end up with a fair number of Ryan Leafs and Kyle Bollers.
That's why you have to throw away "easy barometers", learn your shit and use your eyes. Even then, you'll be wrong on occasion (there are people who's opinions I respect that really love R. Wilson; one of us is going to be wrong there).
But at least try to be more informed than "He's a winner!" I thought that shit died in 1963.