The Top 13 Quarterbacks in the NFL
Two things about this Top-Seven QB list:
a.) Because it deals with the game’s sexiest position, we’re going to expand it to Top 13.
b.) Relevant factors include “everything up to this point”. Thus, a player’s entire career, including what he’s done in 2009, is taken into account. But it’s not strictly about who has had the best career or best ’09 season. It’s simply, All things considered, who is the best right now?
13. Donovan McNabb, Eagles
If he retired today, he’d take Andre Reed’s spot as the most debated Hall of Fame candidate in football.
12. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
Has all the tools to be great and, so far, is passing the impossible test of replacing a legend.
11. Joe Flacco, Ravens
In three years, will almost certainly be in the top five on this list.
10. Jay Cutler, Bears
Leadership skills will ultimately determine his career.
9. Matt Ryan, Falcons
Apply Joe Flacco comment here, as well.
8. Philip Rivers, Chargers
Has elevated his play as San Diego’s run game has declined.
7. Kurt Warner, Cardinals
Only player in NFL history to top 13,000 yards passing for two different teams.
6. Eli Manning, Giants
The main reason why New York’s expected receiving woes have been non-existent this season. Has a penchant for late-game heroics.
5. Brett Favre, Vikings
Track record speaks for itself. And if he keeps on his current path with Minnesota, 2009 could actually be the best season of his career.
4. Drew Brees, Saints
Doesn’t have the playoff credentials of other men on this list, but put in the coaches film and you see a near-flawless passer.
3. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
Two rings already, plus he’s transforming the black-and-blue Steelers into a pass-happy powerhouse.
2. Peyton Manning, Colts
1. Tom Brady, Patriots
This debate could very well go on forever. In fact, if Manning wins another ring and Brady continues to post big numbers, it’s likely that in 20 years the prompt for this debate will be “Who is the greatest quarterback of all-time?”
Finishing out the Top 20……
14. Carson Palmer, Bengals
15. Tony Romo, Cowboys
16. Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks
17. Matt Schaub, Texans
18. Kyle Orton, Broncos
19. David Garrard, Jaguars
20. Matt Cassel, Chiefs
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