Well, if anyone would know, it would be Lovie Smith.
The former Bears coach underlined the importance of having a good quarterback, saying during an appearance on ESPN you can’t win a Super Bowl without one.
Smith has been undone by backup quarterbacks such as Caleb Hanie and Jason Campbell playing poorly when called upon, as well as some suspect starters. He lost his only appearance in the Super Bowl when Rex Grossman threw two picks in a loss to Peyton Manning and the Colts.
That’s why he said it’s hard to overdraft at the position, though many think this year’s class of quarterbacks is a mess.
“As far as overdrafting, it’s just such an important position,” Smith said, via Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com. “You can look at the salaries we are paying quarterbacks nowadays, everything starts with them. There is such a big drop off when you lose that starting quarterback. If you don’t have one, and you have an opportunity to get one, sometimes you have to move up a little bit more. Quarterbacks, traditionally, are going to go a little bit higher. That’s just a part of it.
“In the end, you can’t win Super Bowls without having great quarterback play.”
Or keep a job, if you happen to be Lovie Smith.