Originally Posted by THUMPER
Leadership is probably the least emphasized yet most important aspect of an NFL QB. Too often people are impressed by some QB's size, arm strength, ability to throw a spiral 80 yards, etc. when in fact it is his ability to lead the team that is the real key for the position.
It was Staubach's leadership that set him apart from guys who were better passers. His ability to inspire and lift the team was extremely rare and has really only been seen in a handful of QBs over the years and none to the level that he had.
Montana & Elway come the closest of the QBs since Staubach but I still give Roger a definite edge over Joe. Unitas and Otto Graham were the only guys in his league prior to Roger.
[View Full Quote]I define leadership in a QB as: It is that confidence that the QB inspires in his teammates, on both sides of the ball, that so long as he is in the game they have a chance and all they have to do is get the ball back for him or make the play and he will lead us to victory. He leads by example and will do whatever is required of him to win the game.
Aikman was more of a leader than people give him credit for but not nearly on a par with Staubach.
I rank the all-time top-10 QBs in terms of leadership (based on my definition above) as follows:
1. Roger Staubach
2. Joe Montana
3. Johnny Unitas
4. John Elway
5. Otto Graham
6. Sammy Baugh
7. Brett Favre
8. Dan Marino
9. Dan Fouts
10. Steve Young
This is completely subjective and is just my opinion based on my perception of their leadership abilities. Everyone else is entitled to rank them any way they see fit. In fact I would like to see how others rank the top-10 QBs leadership abilities.
Wow! You have Steve Young(49ers)? on there instead of Aikman?