Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/9/12

ST. LOUIS - JANUARY 3: Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers looks to pass against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on January 3, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
When it comes to the most talked about position in all of American sports, there is plenty of information out there to form respectable opinions for those who bother to try - but there is also plenty of room, and plenty of incentive, for misguided ramblings. Ranging from the perfunctory talking-points of every-day pundits, to the relentless persecutions of raving, insolent madmen, no quarterback is safe - but some are much more ridiculed than others. The best quarterback in the league today, Aaron Rodgers, receives praise, and rightly so. On top of that list, Drew Brees and Tom Brady join him. When something is so obvious as to warrant pandemic unanimity, even the mainstream analysts manage to get it right.  On the other end of the spectrum, it is not that difficult to deduce a quarterback's lack of skill when he's sitting third-string behind Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow, or playing on some amateur team in Canada. Here, too, the analysts get things right. But then there is that w...
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