One of the silly phrases which entered the football vernacular over the past few years is that some quarterbacks need only to "manage the game." "Managing the game" is code for "the guy can't play but hopefully he won't completely screw things up."
Coaches manage the game. Players, including the quarterback, make plays. At least they do on winning teams. Show me a team that hopes its quarterback just "manages the game" and I'll show a bad team. Or, at least, not a very good one.
These are the starting quarterbacks that have participated in the conference championship games over the past five seasons:
Ben Roethlisberger, Mark Sanchez, Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler, Drew Brees, Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Donovan McNabb, Kurt Warner, Joe Flacco, Tom Brady, Phillip Rivers, Eli Manning and Rex Grossman.
How many jump out as quarterbacks expected to just "manage the game?"
Obviously, Grossman stands out as the player who doesn't rank with the others. The rest range from Hall of Fame c...