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Gene Wang
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Gene Wang

A sports staff writer at The Washington Post

P. Manning Is the Steadiest


Tom Brady has passed for more yards and touchdowns in a season. Ben Roethlisberger has won more Super Bowls. Drew Brees is rated the best in fantasy.

But when it comes to durability, stability and reliability, Peyton Manning really has no peer. Manning is the most consistent quarterback of his generation, perhaps of all-time. You know exactly what you're getting with him both as a passer and a person year in and year out.

Manning is a lock to throw for 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns as sure as the IRS will come calling for back taxes. He has played in 176 consecutive games, the longest active streak behind Brett Favre, so he'll be out there every Sunday.

Equally important, he's not going to make foolish decisions off the field, like some of his NFL peers. Manning's judgment may be his most underappreciated quality, at least outside the Indianapolis locker room. He's anti-drama all the way.

This isn't meant to suggest Manning is the best quarterback in the league. That title belongs to Brady, and Roethlisberger certainly is in the argument with two Super Bowl rings at such a young age.

But Brady missed virtually all of last season with a knee injury, and Roethlisberger is dealing with a much-publicized civil lawsuit. Brees, meantime, has had injury issues and is no sure thing to repeat his output from last season.

Brady and Brees both could be in store for statistically ridiculous seasons, and no one would be surprised if Roethlisberger won another Super Bowl. But Manning gives his team certitude at the position none of those can.

By Gene Wang  |  August 31, 2009; 6:53 AM ET  | Category:  Gene Wang , NFL , New England Patriots , Peyton Manning , Philip Rivers , Pittsburgh Steelers , Quarterbacks Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Certitude, schmertitude. Manning failed far more times than not when it has come to getting his team to the Super Bowl. Yes, he did it once and won. But he still gets rattled in playoff games and that is when a QB must be at his best. Brady is by far the best current post-season QB and while not always pretty, Roethlisberger finds ways to win the big games. And that puts both of them way ahead of Manning.

Posted by: lance_dc7777 | September 4, 2009 4:17 PM

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