During championship weekend less than two weeks ago, Tom Brady was joined by three journeymen players at the so-called dinner table of the final four remaining quarterbacks in the playoffs—Case Keenum, Blake Bortles and Nick Foles.
After victories by the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots in the conference championship games, the story revolving around the two quarterbacks playing in Super Bowl 52 couldn’t be more different.
In Philadelphia, Foles is trying to do the unthinkable by leading his team to a championship as a backup quarterback, while in New England, TB12 is trying to add to his record number of Super Bowl victories, currently sitting at five.
Now that Foles is one win away from being a Super Bowl-winning quarterback, the question has started to circulate around Denver: Do the Broncos actually need a QB or can they revert back to the 2015 team and win by way of an excellent defense?
The answer is a resounding yes. Denver desperately needs to find their quarterback of the future.
Although the Eagles’ quarterback is certainly a great story, don’t be fooled by the Foles trap. Instead, look at the history of the game.
In the past 25 years, only three quarterbacks have won the Super Bowl who either aren’t in the Hall of Fame or aren’t on their way to the Hall of Fame—a mere 12 percent. While looking at the list of the 25 most recent Super Bowl champion quarterbacks, only Joe Flacco, Brad Johnson and Trent Dilfer aren’t, or won’t be, donning a gold jacket in Canton, Ohio.
History would say teams need a quarterback that is Hall of Fame good, not just Pro Bowl good, to win it all.
Heck, even in 2015, although Peyton Manning wasn't putting up his usual Star Wars-type numbers for the Broncos, he still was Peyton Freaking Manning and his intangibles to that team can’t, and shouldn’t, be overlooked. Along with the great defense that Denver had, they still had a Hall of Fame quarterback leading the franchise to its third Lombardi Trophy.
The Eagles themselves would even say not to bet on a quarterback like Foles to lead an organization to a championship since he wasn’t their first choice at quarterback this season.
So why should he, or a similar type of player, be the first choice for the Broncos? As a backup, Foles is certainly ideal—hence what the Eagles were able to do this year after Carson Wentz suffered a season-ending injury.
For the Cleveland Browns, or organizations that are just trying to win more than a few games each year, quarterbacks along Foles’ caliber makes sense. But for the Broncos, whose goal year in and year out is to win championships, they need a championship-caliber quarterback.
If Foles is somehow able to pull the upset on Sunday he would bring more hope to teams who are still searching for their franchise man. However, his heroics would only raise the odds to just over 15 percent of non-Hall of Fame quarterbacks to win the Super Bowl in the past 26 years.
If Brady does what Vegas believes he’ll do, those odds will dwindle to 11 percent, continuing to crush the hopes and dreams of teams without a Hall of Fame-type signal caller, while making it even more certain for teams, specifically the Broncos, to do whatever is necessary to find their franchise man under center.