@packa I agree stats aren't the end all be all of the situation. However they are a predicate factor in assessing how a guy plays. They can point out correlations. The correlation here is pm isn't a very good playoff qb. His record and then the stats trumpet posted tell a story. And I won't under any circumstances buy that pm "drug his crap team" to 12+ wins that many times and that many division titles in a row, playing in the toughest conference at the time, and playing a 1st place schedule. Then add in his worst collective post season is the one he won a ring. Pm wasnt dragging anyone.
The point at which I totally tune out the wailing of pm apologists and excuse making for his lack of ability to win in the playoffs was a spot on post by iwatt the other day. The colts defense allowed 20.89pts per playoff game. The steelers d allowed 22.5 points for Ben. I think we can all agree the colts have had an offense that quite clearly regularly outscored the steelers offense. Somehow the steelers still won those games, eventhough their d wasn't nearly ad good as during the regular season, all the while the colts d GOT BETTER in the playoffs and the o couldn't get it done.
Trumpet said it very succinctly, the best guys step up the most when the game is the biggest. There's no way to color mannings performance in the playoffs as anything other than he doesn't step up.
We may be comparing small sample sizes, but there's no other way to compare them. Every qb will have a small sample size of playoff games. Why its relevant is because were comparing them to other guys from the same era with a similar number of games played. Matter of fact, they all play in the same conference. It's apples to apples. Saying the sample is too small is a cop out in an attempt to make us avert our eyes from the facts.
As far as the splits between home and away for Ben, and I'm surprised trumpet didn't already point this out. Ben has only played home games under Arians, except for 2 his rookie season, when the game was too big for him. Conversely, he only played one away game under Arians, vs the donkeys when we got tebowed. Tells me I'm vindicated in my hatred for Arians. My lord how Arians stunted his growth.
"If I could start my life all over again, I would be a professional football player, and you damn well better believe I would be a Pittsburgh Steeler." Jack Lambert, 1990 HoF Introduction.