By K.D. Drummond
Analyst Eliot Harrison has compiled a list of the 25 best quarterbacks in league history for the NFL. While Tom Brady’s place atop the rankings isn’t a surprise or probably even worth arguing, Harrison proposes that it’s a far more interesting exercise to sift through the stats to come up with the 24 guys who belong right behind him. Some classic names like Kenny Stabler, Y.A. Tittle, and Bobby Layne didn’t quite make the cut… nor did the underrated Philip Rivers from today’s era. But the Cowboys franchise manages to hold two of the 25 coveted spots.
Troy Aikman finishes 14th on the list, nestled between Steve Young at 15 and Bart Starr at 13. That placement, Harrison writes, may come as a surprise to those who cling to the myth that Aikman was overrated because his offense was based on handing the ball to Emmitt Smith.
“Aikman was a master of the intermediate throws: the deep outs and the skinny posts. So, no, his passer rating didn’t soar over 100, because he didn’t incessantly toss the Sam Bradford-to-Jerick McKinnon 2-yard dumps that inflate completion percentage and passer rating. What Aikman did do was win. He won his first seven postseason starts, ultimately finishing with an 11-4 playoff...