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05-04-2011, 05:03 PM
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QB is not greater than Goaltender.
Goaltender is far greater.
The NFL QB needs a lot of help to be successful.
The Hockey Goalie potentially needs none.
The NFL QB can be shut down by the opposition's defense.
The Hockey Goalie can shut down the opposition by himself.
The NFL QB must rely on others to make plays.
The Hockey Goalie can make game-saving plays himself and needs no one else's help.
The NFL QB can win a game.
The Hockey Goalie can win a series.
Yes, "getting great goalie play" is more important than "getting good QB play", but "having a great QB" is much more important than "having a great goalie". There are only a handful of QB's that can get you "great QB play", while there are nearly endless amounts of goalies who can get you "great goalie play". Also, "great goalies" play really badly much more often than "great QBs" do.
Consider this scenario:
You have the 15th best team in the NHL(skaters only), and you can choose between Ryan Miller, Ilya Bryzgalov or Antero Niittymäki as your goalie.
You have the 15th best team in the NFL(without the QB), and you can choose between Peyton Manning, David Garrard and Derek Anderson as your QB.
I can guarantee you, that with Manning this team is a SB contender, with Garrard it's a playoff contender, and with Anderson it will be picking in the top 10 in next years draft. Can you seriously claim that the difference is as big between choosing Miller, Bryz or Niittymäki?
If this wasn't clear enough:
If the 49ers had Manning, they would be a 11-16 win team, if the Blue Jackets had Miller, they would be a 6th-8th seed in the West.
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