You cannot win in this league without a special QB, its really that simple, at least not consistently. A great QB makes others around them better, not needs guys to make them better. If you are saying we can win in spite of our QB, I just cant buy that. Can they have a better record? For sure, but to be what we were, its not going to happen until the QB position is taken care of.
I have seen teams win without a "special QB"...some examples of SB winners/losers without a pro-bowl level QB:
2017 Eagles - Foles
2015 Broncos - P.Manning who had to be carted out there.
2011 Giants - E. Manning
2008 Giants - E. Manning
2004 Panthers - Delhomme
2002 Bucaneers - B.Johnson
2000 Ravens - T.Dilfer
1999 Falcons - C. Chandler
1995 Steelers - O'Donnell
Funny thing....Brady is 1-4 against this list.....
So, 9/50 of the QB's in the SB the last 25 years weren't pro-bowlers....
Yes, a special QB makes things a whole lotta easier...no doubt. But we do not need a special QB...we just need COMPETENCY.
Give me a guy who can do a 65%, 4K yards, 26 TD's, and 10 INT's with this cast...and I am fairly confident that this team is a contender.