I started a post comparing 2 QB's. Obviously Tanny was #1 & the other I got from 5 top 10, top 20 lists: John Elway! NFL.com had him the lowest at #8. I was only going to do his first 3 years up against Tanny's 3, but Ryan hasn't finished his 3rd, and by looking at Elway's(83-85) it is well apparent how much of a change the NFL has made.
JE threw 259 passes in his rookie campaign compared to RT's 484. Completion % was 47.5 for JE & 58.3 for RT.
If I skip to more important stats(per opinion) JE in his 1st 3 years threw 47 TD's vs 52 INT's. RT has thrown 46 TD's(to date) vs. 35 INT's(to date).
The reason I did this is because I've been down on Ryan, and I really wanted to see a comparison against someone I grew up watching(& I wasn't gonna make it DAN). In those 5 sites I mentioned, Elway is rated all-time as: #4, #8, #3, #2, & #4. This year RT is ranked as the 21st QB in the NFL. More then anything this Post is an example of the change that has taken place.
If you look at his stats, you will see that JE basically had 8 dominant years in his 16 year career: 1987, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, & 1998. So his 1st really good year was his "5th" year in the league! His 3rd year(which RT is in now) he threw 22 TD's vs. 23 INT's! His whole career statistic wise is a tiny bit better(in those 8 dominant years) than Ryan's 1st 2 1/2 years.
So, it really should be looked at as the change in the NFL, or we are so ready & inpatient for a winning team & good QB, that we are rushing Ryan right out of what could be a Hall of Fame Career! Take it as you will?