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Lets take Peyton Manning
, only 2 times to the SB with the Colts
, won one, lost other. Yet reached the playoffs practically every year only missing the playoffs in his Rookie year of 98 and again in 01.
Peytons Record with the Colts is as follows :
1998 - 3 wins
1999 - 13 wins 1st Rnd Bye, lost 2nd round which equates to a 1st and out L 16-19 to Ten
2000 - 10 wins lost 1st Rnd 17-23 to Mia
2001 - 6 wins
2002 - 10 wins lost 1st Rnd 0-41 to Jets
2003 - 12 wins lost AFCC game 14-24 to Jets
2004 - 12 wins 1st Rnd Bye, lost 2nd Rnd which equates to a 1st and out 3-20 to NE
2005 - 14 wins 1st Rnd Bye, lost 2nd Rnd which equates to a 1st and out 18-21 to Pit
2006 - 12 wins Won Superbowl
2007 - 13 wins 1st Rnd Bye, lost 2nd Rnd which equates to a 1st and out 24-28 to SD
2008 - 12 wins Lost 1st Rnd 17-23 to SD
2009 - 14 wins Lost Superbowl 17-31 to NO
2010 - 10 wins Lost 1st Rnd 16-17 to Jets
So if you forget about the bye week and count the game played in Rnd two as a first game played, Peyton has 8 one and dones in the playoffs out of 11 playoff appearances.
Now lets compare Daltons two years to Peytons 1st 2 (as that so far is all we have lol)
2011 9 wins Lost 1st Rnd 10-31 to Houston
2012 10 wins Lost 1st Rnd 19-13 to Houston
So far Dalton is one playoff ahead of Peyton (also Tom Brady) and with no worse a record than Peyton in his first two playoff appearances. It was on Peytons 4th playoff appearance that he didn't go one and done when losing in the AFCC game.
Thus for some to crucify Dalton in just his 2nd year is way too early imo. Peyton Manning is considered one of the best ever, yet his playoff record is not that great with 8 one and dones but would you give him the heat that Dalton is getting in only his 2nd year ? Lets say Dalton has a similar record to Peyton would you still jump him as you do now ? Because if you answer yes, then start adding and jumping Peyton in that same sentence and remove elite from his conversation too !!!!
This is why I say Tom Brady is the best ever, he has done far more in the play offs than any other QB I believe.
2000 - 5 wins
2001 - 11 wins Won Superbowl 20-17 against STL
2002 - 9 wins
2003 - 14 wins Won Superbowl 32-29 against Car
2004 - 14 wins Won Superbowl 24-21 against Phi
2005 - 10 wins Lost 2nd Rnd 13-27 to Den
2006 - 12 wins Lost AFCC 34-38 to Ind
2007 - 16 wins Lost Superbowl 14-17 to Giants
2008 - 1 win out for season on injury during this game
2009 - 10 wins Lost 1st Rnd 14-33 to Bal
2010 - 14 wins 1st Rnd Bye, lost 2nd Rnd which equates to a 1st and out 21-28 to Jets
2011 - 13 wins Lost Superbowl 17-21 to Giant
Of Tom Brady's
9 appearances he has only been one and done twice with a total 5 Superbowl appearances evenly split 3 W's and 2 L's to date along with 5 AFCC titles too.
I used the current Top 2 QB's as my example to show that what Dalton has done isn't far short of a miracle to date and maybe bring some perspective back as to what we maybe should be expecting.
As I like to say you can't have it both ways, you blame Dalton for losing twice then he also gets the credit for what he has done. And comparing him to two of the best regarded QB's ever he is off to a good start with one playoff appearance more than either but as of yet no playoff win. As I said it took Peyton Manning until his 4th playoff apperance to break that duck. Brady went on a Superbowl winning spree in comparison with 3 wins in 4 years after his rookie year !!!!
So give Dalton a fair shot and see what happens in year 3 and 4 before writting him off. Drew Brees
took 4-5 years before he fully emerged as the QB he is today. I wonder if the Chargers
ever regret letting him go now as they gave up on him after his 3rd or 4th year.Lets not jump to early and maybe lose a Drew Brees, Peyton Manning or Tom Brady.
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