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Thursday, November 17, 2005

How Important is Durability?

by Curt Angeli

Those who try to poke holes at Brett Favre's play on the field often try to compare him to the hot QB of the moment, insisted we'd be better off with that player. Over the last 14 years, we've seen many QBs come and go who were the "better option" than Favre.

But he hasn't missed a game. The only guy who can match him right now is Peyton Manning, in terms of durability over a quarterbacking career.

And two guys that always got attention as a "better option" than Favre, Ben Roethlisberger and Donovan McNabb, are both missing some serious time at QB.

Starting for the Steelers is Tommy Maddox, and starting for the Eagles is Mike McMahon. This is something else we haven't had to deal with in 14 years. I'm guessing if the TJ Rubely incident showed us, replacing Favre from the bench may not be all that successful.

Incidentally, Maddox is throwing for a 32.0 passing efficiency rating since replacing Roethlisberger.

Mike McMahon will be bringing a swaggering 55.2 rating to the Eagles this week, and that makes him a better option than Koy Detmer. Apparently.

Sometimes, the "best option" of the moment is just that. There's something to be said for being the most reliable good option, year in and year out.

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