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Namath is known for his brash prediction that the New York Jets would win the Super Bowl and they did. But, it was due to a great performance by their defense against the Baltimore Colts, allowing just seven points. Johnny Unitas was limited to just 110 yards on 11-of-24 passing.
Namath’s performance was decent (17-of-28 for 206 yards) but he didn’t throw any touchdowns while running back Matt Snell was a workhorse, carrying the ball 30 times for 121 yards (with a TD) and catching four passes for 40 more yards.
Namath just wasn’t a very good player, teams he played on made the postseason just twice in his 13-year career. The game was different back then, but four times he led the NFL with the most interceptions thrown by a signal-caller. He wasn’t very good at reading an NFL defense.
He was 62-63 as a starter and was .500 or worse as a starter in 13 of his seasons in the league. And he was just 2-1 in the postseason.
Dilfer won a SB with the Ravens in 2000 when he replaced ineffective starter Tony Banks. Dilfer managed the game and didn’t make many mistakes, allowing the running game and defense to dictate the Ravens win against the New York Giants. The Baltimore defense was dominant. How dominant? They allowed just 23 points in four games, or 5.8 points per game.
What was telling about how they felt about him was the Ravens let Dilfer walk immediately after the season ended as he signed with the Seattle Seahawks. Dilfer was 58-55 as a starter and 5-1 in the postseason, but his numbers show his incompetence. He completed just 43.7% of his passes for 161.8 yards per game, 4 TD’s, 4 INT’s and just an awful 66 Passer Rating.
Williams was a starter for the Tampa Bay Bucs but he became a backup when he signed with the Washington Redskins. But when Jay Schroeder got injured, Williams was thrust into the starters role and he became the first African-American QB to ever win a SB when the Redskins blew out the Denver Broncos, 42-10 in 1988.
Of the 2 QB’s above him, he had the best game on the biggest stage. He completed 18 of 29 passes for 340 yards, 4 TD’s, 1 INT and a 127.9 Passer Rating, but it was the brightest spot in an otherwise unremarkable career for him. He had a remarkable run during the journey to the SB, he threw 7 TD’s to just 2 INT’s. But in his other playoff appearances, he threw 2 TD’s and 9 INT’s, leading many to believe Williams run to the SB was a fluke. Or being in the right place at the right time.
He was 38-42 as a starter, including 4-3 in the playoffs (4 appearances).
Rypien followed in the footsteps of Williams and led the Redskins to the SB in 1991 against the Buffalo Bills and they won, 37-24. Rypien benefitted from a great defense that allowed just 13.7ppg in the playoffs, but he also played well and had one of the best games in his career when it mattered most. He completed 18 of 33 passes for 292 yards, with 2 TD’s.
He was 47-31 as a starter during his 11 year career, but that was heavily influenced by the 14-2 record the Redskins had in the 1991 season. Other than that one season, Rypien was a rather unremarkable 33-29.
He won a Super Bowl in 2002 when his Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Oakland Raiders, 48-21. He completed 18 of 34 passes for 215 yards, 2 TD’s and 1 INT. But, for his career, he was 4-4 in five playoff appearances, he was 1-4 in another four postseason appearances. He also completed just 55% of his passes for just 175.4ypg, with 7 TD’s and 12 INT’s in the playoffs.
Johnson was known as a good professional in the locker room and a good team-mate, but he wasn’t a very good player, as his postseason stats show.
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