28.Sep.2014 Sean Mannion is not a Great QB
This isn’t based on Saturday. It’s based off his entire career. He’s Derek Anderson.
But for those who like numbers, he doesn’t have any signature wins in 4 years (unless you give him 10-7 over Wisconsin in 2012) and wilts in the spotlight (4INTs vs Washington in 2012 when the Beavs were looking to go to 7-0, 4INTs in Civil War. He is now 0-7 vs Oregon, USC, and Stanford, which are the most meaningful games the Beavs play in any given year. Another big game vs Texas was a loss. So he is 0-8 in “big games”. If you want to call Wisconsin a big game, then he is 1-9 (because you have to include Wisconsin 2011, which he lost 35-0).
Yet because he sets passing records, which has a lot to do with him starting as a freshman and Riley becoming pass happy(e.g. over 600 pass attempts last year), people believe he’s a great QB. Stats mean little from a QB, and the ones that do matter are things like 3rd down conversions and wins. Mannion beats up on inferior opponents, but he cannot perform once the competition falls between good to elite. He is the prototypical “tweener” who will get drafted high due to height, pedigree, and other measurables. There are always dumb, bottom-feeding owners like Al Davis who eats up a guy’s look and his passing records, but he will be out of the NFL within 2 years.
What is worse, Mike Riley has decided to make Sean Mannion the team’s identity. Usually he says “the team has to find their identity”…well what we have had under Mannion is Riley forcing what he thinks the identity should be—as passing team. This is a big problem since Mannion is just average.
But that is the topic of another thread. The big picture here is that Sean Mannion, much like Mike Riley, is not clutch. He’s a tweener, a deer-in-headlights wannabe gunslinger who can only sling it versus mid-tier and lower opponents. A great quarterback single-handedly wins games, and they also make the players around them better. Forget the passing yards and how he looks.