Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 6/27/12
Trust and resiliency; the two traits that set average QB’s apart from elite NFL QB’s. This article will go into detail and explain why it’s so important for a QB to display these traits.
 
Trust: As an NFL QB, you have to trust your receivers to make plays. You can never be successful if you second-guess every throw that isn’t wide open. The great QB’s will throw it up into the right coverages and most of the time it works out. Trust can ruin a QB’s career if he can’t build that trust with his receivers.  The trust isn’t just need to be with his receivers, but also with his offensive line; he needs to feel protected in the pocket.
 
Prime examples of QB’s who trust their receivers can go both ways, sometimes it doesn’t work out. Just last year Eli Manning threw 25 interceptions because he trusted his receivers to make those plays and they didn’t. What if the next game or next year he continues his trust and wins the Super Bowl?  I watched it happen to Romo and Vick this year as many times as it happened to Manning last year. The great QB’s know you have to trust that your guy will run his route, then win the battle for the ball.
 
An example of this not working was Sanchez last year when he lost all faith with his offense. Sanchez was dropping back and not trusting his receivers to win in their coverages and it cost him last year. Again, I’m going to have to mention Sanchez dropping back and just having no faith in his protection either. This all can’t be put on a young QB. The team left him in a bad situation, but it shows how losing trust can cost you the season.
 
 
Resiliency: This is a huge factor in the franchise QB, he has to be resilient. This ties into trust, but I’m not going to double tap that issue. The QB has to be able to throw that interception or two or three and forget it and drive on. You have to keep that short-term memory as a QB. That doesn’t just go for picks but touchdowns as well. When you think about the QB’s who can lead multiple game winning drives in a season this is always one of their strongest traits.
 
Some people tend to mistake good quarterbacks for resilient quarterbacks. For example, Aaron Rodgers was the best QB in the NFL last year, but he is far from being a resilient player. If you look back on the fourth quarter comebacks, they just aren’t there. This isn’t a hit on Rodgers, he is a great QB and this year rarely fell behind, but when he did get behind he was in trouble. A resilient QB can take his team on his back and score multiple touchdowns at the end of the game to give his team a chance.
 
These two traits were key to Eli Manning winning his second Super Bowl MVP in five years. Eli Manning is by far one of the most resilient players in the NFL. This even comes down to the constant critics from the media after proclaiming to be in Brady’s class. Even Eli Manning’s peers seriously underrated in this years top 100 players yet again. As a Giants fans you can’t even be upset at this point, the critics may not end, but the Lombardi trophy is resting safely in New York. 
 
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