So I'm currently at whatever stage in the Patriots postseason grieving process that involves me feeling comfortable checking the major sports websites about once or twice a week. During the season, I'm on espn.com, si.com. nfl.com, and pretty much every other .com that has anything to do with the NFL several times a day to the point where it is definitively detrimental to my productivity at work. As soon as the Patriots are out of the playoffs, though, all of that stops; my only lifeline to the professional sports world in the early days of my offseason is right here at Pats Pulpit, and that's all I need. I just don't care to read anything football related during those dark, dark days when I'm about as far away from seeing Tommy B's dimples under center as I can get.

But as of late, I've started to return to some semblance of normalcy, and I found myself logging on to nfl.com for the first time this afternoon. Much to my surprise, I didn't have to sift through too much Ray Lewis rumpswabbing and Harbowl garbage before I found an article that I could actually stomach. It was quite simply titled "Elite Quarterbacks in the NFL," and it focused on exactly that: trying to figure out exactly what categorizes an "elite" quarterback in the National Football League, particularly when the word is thrown around without much thought by the majority of the sporting world. It's definitely worth a read, and it can be found here.

Basically, the article broke down what it takes to be an elite quarterback into eight categories: stats, playoff success, fourth quarter performance, winning streaks, consistency, clutchness, big play ability, and road wins. Under each of these categories, factors like passer rating, Super Bowl wins, game-winning drives, and touchdown:interception ratio all came into play. And based on these stats, various quarterbacks were seen as elite based on whatever particular category they excelled in.