Originally Posted by DJ's left nut
For no reason.
The dirty little secret is that it isn't necessary to have an elite QB to win like so many or saying. You just need to have a good quarterback to win.
Flacco ain't elite. Eli ain't elite. Big Ben ain't elite. Those guys are good in their own ways but each of them have massive holes in their games. Look at the list of SB winners and sure you have good QBs winning all of them.
But in recent history there have been maybe 3 instances of the best QB in football winning the SB - Brady (one of his wins), Manning and Rodgers. Brees is also pretty much a flawless passer, though I wouldn't have considered him the 'best'.
And frankly, I think it's going to get easier and easier to find credible QB play as we go forward which is why it really wouldn't surprise me to see the pendulum swing back towards defenses a little bit. Remember - if everyone's special, than nobody's special.
It's absolutely more critical than it's ever been to have good quarterback play but the funny thing is that it might now be less critical than ever to have elite quarterback play because of how the rule changes have bunched up the ranks. Suddenly the gap between the historic and the good (say, Montana and Ken O'Brien) is more easily bridged because the rules now allow the Ken O'Brien's of the world (Eli Manning) to hide their flaws.
It's really a fascinating time to evaluate the position and I could be way the hell off; it's just a thought.
It's almost more about fitting the skills of the guy you have or using them the most. Like you've said eloquently about Flacco, he has middling accuracy intermediate and short, so throw it deep more times. Offsets each other.
I think the elite QB's will always give you the BEST chance, but I think, like you said, the difference between the best and the good, isn't exactly a huge leap like it once was.