In a variety of threads, no single one in particular, we've been talking a little bit about the nature of the game and how it is has changed or may still be changing.
Mostly there are many who feel that the passing game is becoming more & more important while defensive prowess & ability to run the football, have diminished in a relative sense.
Taking that as a starting point we then have to focus on the triggerman for the passing game, none other than the QB. The last 10 years, the decade of the 2000's has produced some very interesting demographics as they pertain to SB winning QB's.
For instance, do you know that the average height & weight of SB-winning QB's for the last 10 years? 6'4", 215 lbs
I guess we may as well count out Pat White's chances of leading us to a SB.... :-)
Another tidbit, this one goes back to the very first SB ever - so much more than the last 10 years. The winning SB QB has been as tall or taller (aka, not shorter) than the losing QB...........72% of the time. Would you place a financial, ahem, 'wager' on something if I said you'd be right 72% of the time?
California apparently has produced the most SB winning QB's (that is, as in the QB's were born there) nine all told but in 2nd place is actually Louisiana with 7. Meanwhile Texas, which has produced the most NFL players has yet to produce a single SB winner at QB.
Moreover, no SB winning QB has weighed < 215 lbs in the last 20 years.
I'll let you guys decide on the relevancy of this but fwiw, Brees is shorter than Manning, weighs just 209, and he's also from Texas.
Since I'm hoping the saints win, underdogs I know, it'll be interesting to see if the trend of the 2000's decade gets 'bucked'.
There's much more to performance than demographics (height, weight, age) but it does seem interesting how well the data fit. Put it this way, I would say being a certain size as a QB is a likely necessary, but not in itself sufficient condition to be a SB winner. Meaning you can be a 6'5" bench warmer with a rocket arm and skittles in your pocket (hello JaMarcus Russell) or 6'4-6'5" and have several SB rings (Brady, Big Ben).
In case anyone is curious & can't remember off the top of their head...........Henne is 6'3, 230 while Sanchez is 6-2, 225. :-)