This is why you stat whores just don't know the game of football. You just flat don't know it. There's really no other way to put it if you think Elway wans't a great Quarterback...
You really think Elway wasn't that good eh? He was the 1987 AP NFL MVP, and that was with throwing 19 TDs, 12 Ints, and having an 83.4 QB Rating. Why do you suppose they voted him MVP if he wasn't that good? Maybe they know something you don't... something pure stats won't tell you.
"Elway's the best I've ever seen in the two-minute drill," Reggie White said.
From 1983 to 1992, quarterback John Elway led Denver to three Super Bowl appearances. He was able to accomplish this with average to below-average offensive lines, Sammy Winder, a good running back, but nothing special, Bobby Humphrey, Gerald Willhite, Reggie Rivers, and Gene Lang, who? During those years, he did not even have a pro bowl player to throw the ball to. Steve Watson, Vance Johnson, and Mark Jackson were all good receivers, but none of them was a true number one threat.
John Elway was sacked more than any quarterback in NFL history, despite escaping hundreds of sacks due to his mobility.
Despite lacking a great offensive line until late in his career, Elway started a record five Super Bowls, three of them with average teams.
“When the game was on the line, he was like Michael Jordan", says Dan Reeves, who coached Elway for his first 10 seasons. “I think he thrived on pressure. In those clutch situations, I don't know of anyone who did a better job of handling that like John did.”
Says Marty Schottenheimer, who coached Montana late in his career and lost 15 games to Elway: “All things being equal, John may have been the best because of the ability to improvise and the ability to do all those different things.”
“He was a great athlete, and his arm strength was second to none,” Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. “He could make all the throws. He would make plays when plays broke down, and he was very intelligent.”
That's what your pure stats don't tell you. John Elway was one of the greatest Quarterbacks to ever play. The fact that your now trying to minimize that based solely on stats shows that, when it really comes down to it, you don't know Quarterbacks and you certainly don't know anything outside of numbers.
According to the stats Tony Romo > John Elway. Do you believe that is a true statement. Yes or no?