And yes, sometimes he plays poorly. But we have yet to meet a quarterback who does not, at least occasionally, struggle at this most-demanding position. Yet just by sheer statistics — victories in the regular season and playoffs, a career 60-percent completion rate and favorable touchdown-to-interception ratio — he is among the top in the game. Nevertheless, more than once this season, he has been asked by reporters: Are you among the game's elite? He says yes. So do his teammates. The nattering classes of sports talk radio and Internet blather have their doubts, however, and so the matter seems unresolved.