This one is sure to stir up some nice, warm, off-season debate. We’ve asked our QB, John Congemi, to rank the top 10 quarterbacks in the NFL. Some of the rankings will surprise you, some will probably upset you, and some will make perfect sense. Keep reading to see who John thinks are the 10 best and be sure to vote for who you think is #1.
Top 10 QB’s, by John Congemi:
#10) Joe Flacco: Flacco plays to his strengths and makes the Ravens a better football team because of it! Joe is a big, strong quarterback that is patient with the football and his numbers show that to be true. He threw for over 3,600 yards and 25 touchdowns last season, while only turning the ball over 10 times. He uses his running backs in the passing game to open up the intermediate routes and is very accurate (62.6 percent) with the ball.
#9) Eli Manning: Like his brother Peyton, Eli threw for over 4,000 yards this season, but his interceptions were also inflated (25) to a number that usually gets your team beat! Eli has a great blend of competitiveness and calmness on the field and doesn’t get the credit for his raw ability. He completed over 62% of this throws last season, showed that he can stand in the pocket and take the heat of delivering under pressure. He is smart, dependable and usually on time in the passing game.
#8) Matt Ryan: This young quarterback can flat out throw it down the field and has no fear when looking to make plays for the Falcons. His production is exactly what Atlanta is looking for and Matt’s 3,705 passing yards proved that last season. 28 touchdowns and only nine interceptions kept Atlanta among the top teams in the NFC, and Ryan’s play will continue to get better because of the confidence and natural instincts that he possesses.
#7) Ben Roethlisberger: This quarterback has the ability to make plays in big games when his team needs him most. No one picked the Steelers to go very far this past season, and that was before Ben was suspended for the first four regular season games. His 21 touchdowns and only six interceptions put Pittsburgh in good situations all year long. His toughness can never be questioned and his knack for making plays on third down give him a edge over most signal callers.
#6) Michael Vick: Vick reintroduced himself into the NFL in a big way in 2010! After replacing starter Kevin Kolb early in the season, he went on to post some impressive numbers. He threw for over 3,000 yards and 21 touchdowns, but used his legs, too, wisely rushing for 676 yards and nine more touchdowns. Vick had seven rushes for over 20 yards and averaged over 55 yards on the ground per game. Michael regained his game and is still one of the best athletes in the NFL.
#5) Drew Brees: This guy is still a quarterback that can win a lot of games for his team and throw for a lot of yards. Last season, Drew threw for over 4,600 yards and 33 touchdowns, but his turnovers were way up (22 interceptions) and that added to the Saints never reaching their potential. I love Drew’s competitiveness and his willingness to do whatever it takes to win. He uses his mobility as a weapon when needed, and posses a strong arm that can make every throw necessary.
#4) Phillip Rivers: He took a team without a lot of offensive firepower and passed his way into contention last season. Rivers has the confidence to make plays that aren’t there, and turn them into touchdowns. This past season, he threw for over 4,700 yards and had a touchdown to interception ratio of 30 to 13! Has the ability to extend plays from within the pocket and can throw with zip or touch. Rivers is accurate (66%) and he’s a quarterback that a lot of people gloss over, but his numbers tell the truth.
#3) Aaron Rodgers: This was an unbelievable season for Rodgers that ended with a Super Bowl victory. He led the Packers to three straight road playoff victories and fought back from a regular season concussion to have a brilliant season. Aaron threw for 3,922 yards and 28 touchdowns in the regular season, and completed over 65 percent of this passes. His arm strength and timing can beat defensive coverage ten out of ten times and his confidence throwing the ball is second to none! Rodgers also can move on the perimeter and beat you with his athleticism.
#2) Peyton Manning: Peyton did more with less in 2010 and still made the Colts a factor coming down the stretch. He probably took more chances in the passing game this season as injuries and the inexperienced receiving core definitely hindered his effectiveness. Still, Manning threw for 4,700 yards and 35 touchdowns, but the 17 interceptions were not characteristic of his past. Still one of the best in-game quarterbacks that ever played.
#1) Tom Brady: The most efficient quarterback in the NFL last season finished with 3,900 passing yards, 36 touchdowns and only four interceptions! He completed over 65 percent of this throws and dominated the majority of the season with his accuracy. He did it this year without a deep threat and just keeps getting better and better. If you can’t move Tom off of his spot in the pocket, you can’t beat New England, period!
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