I've been trying to think of a player of recent memory that reminds me of how Fitzy manages a game, threads passes, etc. I've heard Doug Flutie mentioned. But I see that player as Kurt Warner. Now, I know I may take heat for saying this so early in Ryan's career. However, what I'm trying to point out are the similarities. And not career stats.
What I see is that both share a very uncommon trait. A rare moxie if you will. And a trait that once evident, can propel a player to much greater heights than any draft combine measurable can propel a player too. It's a self confidence. Not born from a heralded life on SportsCenter as a 17 year old, touted as the next great Joe Montana. Then followed up as a god for 4-5 years on a college campus. Exactly the opposite. These two are real, salt of the earth type men that consistently got overlooked for the guy with bigger "measureables". Ryan was almost the last man drafted in 2007 by the St. Rams in the 7th round. Warner went undrafted and signed with the same Rams. Both had their first real chance as the full time QB only after injury to the starting QB (both named Trent ironically). And when you couple all of this with the way in which they handle the pocket, their team, and how they deliver the ball to their teammates, to me it's very intriguing.
Again, I want to point out that I am not making any predications here. Kurt Warner may go down as one of the greatest QB's to ever play the game (my opinion, not mainstream at this time but based on how his teams fare after he leaves. Where as if a Tom Brady goes down, or a Big Ben, the franchise keeps humming.) Ryan hasn't won a thing yet. Therefore, I am in no way predicting what is in store for Ryan going forward. But what I see and perhaps the greatest similarity of all, is a gunslinging style of delivering the ball in tight spaces that is absolutely fantastic to watch and must be exhilarating to play for.
It's a style perhaps built on that inner sense of self belief, one that cannot be taught, and one that may be very difficult to duplicate.
What do you think?