Top 10 QBs

I’ve seen a couple quarterback ranking lists on the internet over the last few days. One from Monday Morning Quarterback (MMQB), and one from the creators of EA Sports’ Madden 2018. I want to offer my own, which differs from both. But first, here are the two rankings from the respective outlets.

MMQB’s: 

  1. Tom Brady
  2. Aaron Rodgers
  3. Ben Roethlisberger
  4. Matt Ryan
  5. Andrew Luck
  6. Drew Brees
  7. Philip Rivers
  8. Eli Manning
  9. Matthew Stafford
  10. Derek Carr

Madden 2018

  1. Brady (99 ranking)
  2. Rodgers (98)
  3. Ryan (96)
  4. Brees (92)
  5. Ben (91)
  6. Luck (90)
  7. Russell Wilson (90)
  8. Carr (89)
  9. Cam Newton (88)
  10. Stafford (87)

The rankings don’t differ too much; Madden added Wilson and Newton to their list, while Rivers and Manning were left off. Here’s my list and why.

1. Aaron Rodgers

  • Pretty much everyone goes with Brady at #1, and I completely get it. He defines winning at the quarterback position, which holds heavy weight into people’s rankings. But I think Rodgers is the best quarterback on the planet. He can make any throw from anywhere on the field. He’s incredible on the run and makes impossible throws look easy. In terms of pure quarterback ability, I’m not sure we’ll see anyone like Rodgers again.

2. Tom Brady

  • Brady is right behind Rodgers at #2 for me. As I mentioned, he just knows how to win. But that’s not all. Brady is the most efficient quarterback in the game; in 12 games last season, he threw 28 touchdowns and only two interceptions. My only knock on Brady is his limitations outside of the pocket; he’s slow and isn’t going to make the type of on-the-run throws that Rodgers makes routinely. But from the pocket, there’s no quarterback better than Brady, and he gives the Patriots a chance to win the Super Bowl every single season. His accolades speak for themselves, and he’ll go down as one of the best quarterbacks in the history of the league, if not the best.

3. Drew Brees

  • Brees has had an unreal stretch in the NFL. He literally leads the entire league in passing yards almost every single season. He’s getting up there in age and throws a good amount of interceptions, but the fact of the matter is that he plays from behind a lot. The Saints defense has been abysmal, and they need to score over 30 points a week to have a chance to win. He’s thrown for over 5,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in four of the last six years. He’s behind Brady and Rodgers for me.

4. Andrew Luck 

  • Even after a couple rough seasons, I’m not putting Luck outside of my top five quarterbacks in the NFL. His offensive line has been a mess, and he’s been asked to do way too much in Indianapolis considering what he’s had to work with. He can make every throw on the field, and he’s tough, gritty and can move outside of the pocket. He’s still really young and has his best football in front of him, and I expect a big season from him in 2017.

5. Russell Wilson 

  • Wilson is another guy whose had to deal with a mess of an offensive line, but he’s such a special and unique quarterback. It’s not often you see mobile quarterbacks like him make it far in the league, but Wilson has done a great job of protecting his body. That edge puts him in my top five: he’s one of the smartest quarterbacks in the league. He creates plays out of nothing and can do it all inside and outside of the pocket. He’s completed over 63 percent of his passes in every year he’s played in the league, and he’s proven he can perform on the biggest stages.

6. Cam Newton 

  • I’m convinced Cam was made straight out of a lab. He’s a huge, athletic quarterback who can beat you on the ground and through the air. He needs to protect his body after a rough 2016 season, but the Panthers clearly know that; it’s evident by their draft selections and comments about their franchise quarterback. Newton was a top-three quarterback just two seasons ago when he won MVP. I think we’ll see that version of him moving forward, and not the 2016 one.

7. Matt Ryan

  • Matt Ryan had a brutal few seasons before last year’s MVP run, and one year isn’t enough for me to put him in my top five. His offensive coordinator got a head coaching job because of last year. He was in an outstanding offense that catered to his strengths. Ryan definitely proved me wrong last year and had his best season as a pro yet, but I need to see him do it again before I put him in the top five.

8. Ben Roethlisberger 

  • I’m a big fan of Big Ben, but all of the hits he’s taken over the years is starting to take a toll, and it’s just tough to completely ignore. His play has started to decline; I’m not ready to declare his elite career over, but I don’t think he’s a top five quarterback today. The last two years, Ben has suffered a MCL Sprain/bone bruise, Mid-foot sprain, concussion, AC Sprain/torn ligaments in throwing shoulder, and a torn meniscus. That’s a lot for a 35-year-old quarterback whose made a career out of creating plays from broken pockets. He’s still really good and has a great offense, so I think he’ll have a good season if he can stay on his feet and protect his body.

9. Philip Rivers

  • Rivers has been one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the league in the past decade. He’s allowed the Chargers to compete despite brutal circumstances around him over the years. He’s one of the best competitors in the league and definitely a top 10 quarterback in my eyes.

10. Eli Manning

  • I have big an Eli-hater for most of his career. Being a Cowboys fan, that comes easy. But objectively speaking, Eli has had some really rough seasons as a pro. He’s led the league in interceptions three separate times, and he makes some throws that make you scratch your head. But facts are facts. The guy hasn’t missed a single game in his entire career; his durability is second to none, and being available is so important as a quarterback. Eli has also had a couple really good seasons behind a tough offensive line. He has one of the best receiving cores in football. He’s my 10th best quarterback.

Guys who can make the jump this season: Marcus Mariota, Derek Carr, Jameis Winston, Matthew Stafford, Sam Bradford, Dak Prescott

 

 

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