I’ve been looking over the all time career passing ratings, and it has me semi-stumped. Virtually all of the historic, all-time great QBs flounder near the middle or bottom of this list of 186. The top rated are all current or recent players.
For example, at number 2 (this is all-time, remember) we have Russell Wilson. Tony Romo is 4, Philip Rivers is 8, Kirk Cousins is 9.
Further down the list we see Bart Starr at 65, Fran Tarkenton at 67, Johnny Unitas at 83, Don Meredith at 114, Terry Bradshaw at 143, and Joe Namath very near the bottom at 168.
Why is this? Has the game changed so dramatically (much more passing these days)? Did they not maintain adequate records back in the day? Something I’m missing?
Whatever the explanation, I can’t conceive of a system that would place Y.A. Tittle (at 117) more than 100 slots below Andy Dalton (14).