Not this again.
For years, Colt fans watched Peyton Manning get passed over for Tom Brady on the "who's the better quarterback?" discussion, no pun intended ... despite playing on a conservative, otherwise-mediocre team with (perhaps) two or three guys on defense that we'll remember ten years from now. I won't even get into this.
Mike Wells, via ESPN.com, has just compared Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson in the exact some way. Granted, he's pro-Luck ... but holy hell why is this happening please make it stop.
“Wilson really hasn’t played all that well over the last month and a half or so and they were still winning,” Williamson said. “He has a great roster around him. And the Seahawks are smart, they don’t ask him to do a ton. Even [Sunday], he played well, but he wasn’t the best player on the field. For the Colts to win, Luck has to be the best player on the field, and he often is.”
I won't even discuss this. Did you watch the Superbowl? Wilson didn't even need to show up! Sigh. Anyway, I'm not getting into this. Instead, I'm praying Indy gets a half-decent defense to compliment Luck next season.
Well, as a Colts fan living in Seattle, I see a lot of Wilson (even his first training camp), and have always been impressed. Seriously, I took my sons to training camp 16 months ago and remember saying, "Who the hell is #3 at QB? He's the only guy who can hit the side of a barn and these are just drills!" (The other guys wee THAT bad.) I'm thrilled we have Luck, but honestly, I'd be happy with either. And I'd highlight his positives over the other guy all day long to support my bias. It's what fans do. Not what analysts/the media should do. And for the record, Indy has always asked Luck to do more than any other QB not named Manning, Rodgers, or Brady (2013). I HOPE that is not the case for his whole career but the young man has stepped up the plate admirably. Now if he'd just shave....
Don't get caught up in this lazy, stupid argument that trivialized everything else that happens in a football game. You will enjoy Luck's (and WIlson's) career so much more.
It's always going to be this way because there will always be people who isolate QB play in situations where the other 21 people on the field matter as much if not more.
Sports makes some people stupid. I hate saying this, but there's just too much evidence for me to ignore.