Tyrod Taylor vs. Super Bowl Winning Quarterbacks


The closing of the Buffalo Bills 2016 season has been rife with debate, controversy, and headlines.  Much of this talk surrounds the notion that an ‘average’ or ‘above-average’ quarterback like Tyrod Taylor cannot win the Buffalo Bills a Super Bowl. In an effort to check the legitimacy of this assertion, I conducted a statistical analysis comparing all prior quarterbacks who have led their team to a Super Bowl with Tyrod Taylor.

Below, you will be able to see a list of Super Bowl champion starting quarterbacks, chosen because their regular season stats (for the year(s) they won the Super Bowl) were comparable to Tyrod Taylor’s statistics during his two-year tenure with the Bills. Based on the results, I think one should question why the Bills are even thinking about releasing Taylor. Skeptical? Take a look for yourself!



As you can see,  Tyrod Taylor is better than, or comparable to, at least ten quarterbacks who have won a Super Bowl. Combined, these ten quarterbacks have won a total of 16 Super Bowls, accounting for 32 percent of all Super Bowls won. This begs the question: how have so many ‘average’ quarterbacks managed to win a Super Bowl?

While conducting research and attempting to pinpoint the reasons why a team wins the Super Bowl, one stat has continuously popped up on paper.  About 60% of all teams that have won a Super Bowl have had an overall defense ranking inside the top five and 86% of all teams that have won a Super Bowl have had an overall defensive ranking inside the top 10. These stats naturally prove why the notion ‘Defense Wins Championships’ still lives in today’s offense-oriented NFL.

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Sophomore Quarterback at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. Born and raised in East Aurora, New York. Quarterback instructor - Coach Lenape Valley Regional High School Graduate