- Oct 1, 2015
It's not really cherrypicking so much as pointing out that he's very much improved over the course of the season. It's not like I'm removing three bad games spaced out throughout the season. It's clear he's been playing GREAT - not just great for a rookie, but great for an NFL starter - since week 4.Because cherrypicking stats (some of them not particularly meaningful and team based) over a small number of games without regard to team or opponents doesn't do much?
I mean, I didn't think Tannehill was an elite QB last year despite PFF loving him because I understand context?
I really don't get why "really good for a rookie, good NFL starter" isn't enough for people and they have to find a way that he's OMG THE BEST IN THE LEAGUE !!!!!111!!!W!!!!
Edit- and to go into more detail. To me an elite QB is one who can sustain high level performance regardless of supporting cast, game state, etc. over a long period. So Joe Flacco can have a really good season and win a SB.. he isn't elite, Stafford can put up huge numbers... not elite because when his line struggles he fall apart. Rodgers, Brady, elite QBs because it takes a whole lot of dysfunction for them to struggle. Tannehill, not elite because when it comes down to situations where he NEEDS to throw and the defense knows it he struggles with anything but an immaculate pocket. An elite QB is one who can go out there with a subpar line, mediocre or worse weapons, in situations where he has to throw because his defense is bad and execute more than not. I don't think Mac is anywhere near there yet, but most QB's aren't. He's really good at doing the things a QB needs to do to be a positive on a team with a good defense. Since we are a team with a good defense that makes him an excellent fit, and both the team and his stats will benefit.