Well, the Super Bowl is almost here. Ben Roethlisberger and Kurt Warner are getting set to duel one another for the ultimate crown—Super Bowl Champion.
So, as it stands, who are the elite quarterbacks in this league today?
This season really answered several questions about some quarterbacks, and opened up new ones.
Here are the OFFICIAL Top 10—and some choices might surprise you.
Yup, he's a rookie, and a damn good one.
I'll let you in on a secret. Matt Ryan isn't on this list.
The "Rookie of the Year" hit the rookie wall earlier than Flacco did, and because of that, Flacco made big plays in the playoffs to make it to the AFC Championship game. Although he had a rough game against the Steelers, you would expect that from a rookie playing against the best defense in the league.
He, and Ryan, will be stars for years to come. But right now, only Joe can make the list.
BEST MOMENT OF YEAR: Going into No. 1 seeded Tennessee and making big third down throws to upset the Titans 13-10.
WORST MOMENT OF YEAR: The following week, he threw three interceptions, including the game-clinching one to Troy Polamalu and was knocked out of a Super Bowl birth.
Yes, I know, he was injured. He shouldn't be in the Top 10 Quarterbacks list, I know...
Try telling that to the Seahawks.
They fell to an abysmal 4-12 in Mike Holmgren's final year, but it really didn't have to do with their coach.
When Matt Hasselbeck had bulging disks in his back prior to the season opener, you knew there was trouble on the horizon.
I know there were other injuries to Seattle—they had no wide-outs or offensive line to speak of, but they would be better than 4-12 with Matt, no question about it.
He is still one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the game, and him coming back healthy will be a positive going into the 2009 season.
BEST MOMENT OF YEAR: Watching his team get crushed without him, just so Matt can laugh about it next year.
WORST MOMENT OF YEAR: Watching his team get CRUSHED.
Man, Drew Brees can throw the football.
We all knew he was good, but not this good. His performance moves him on my list, because he can not only throw for massive yardage, but he definitely helps the Saints win some football games.
He might not have that "clutch" factor that some of the higher-ranked quarterbacks do, but he still remains as a top passer in the NFL.
BEST MOMENT OF YEAR: Almost breaking Dan Marino's record for passing yardage in a single season—he ended the season just short by 16 yards.
WORST MOMENT OF YEAR: Missing the playoffs in disappointing fashion—again.
Philly fans might not like him, but this season we have learned that when healthy, he is one of the most dangerous weapons an opposing defense can play.
Also, we learned (or knew), that he can't win "that" game. Y'know.....THAT game!
He is now 1-4 in NFC Championship games, and his inconsistencies have shown in all of those games.
So why am I putting him at No. 7?
Because when you have a quarterback that can throw fairly well—still throwing the ball like a missile sometimes—and can actually use his legs, you got yourself an elite quarterback that has won several playoff games.
I'm giving him his due, but this is as far as he will go on my list, for now.
BEST MOMENT OF YEAR:
WORST MOMENT OF YEAR:
C'mon now McNabb, stay classy will ya?
I love Philip Rivers, okay?
I LOVE PHILIP RIVERS.
He seems to get a bad rap for being a cocky kid, and somewhat arrogant, but I really like that. He pumps up his team with his attitude, and shows his style on the field.
He also has the best passer rating of any quarterback this season, and led a miracle comeback for the Chargers to win the AFC West, and outgunned MVP Peyton Manning in the Wild-Card game.
He is one of the best in league, and will continue to be.
BEST MOMENT OF YEAR: He can say that he is superior to Jay Cutler in every way possible.
WORST MOMENT OF YEAR: Week 2. Ed Hoculi.
Wasn't Eli suppose to regress this season?
Oh, guess not.
He not only took his play from last years playoffs and applied it to this season, he surpassed it. He was part of a Giants team that did not turn the football over constantly (only 10 interceptions).
Also, he led four 4fourth quarter comebacks this season (@ Philly, @ Pittsburgh, Carolina, Cincinnati).
Sure, he would have liked a better end to the season than what he got, but you have to like the Giants for many years to come, all because of their cool quarterback and his consistent level of winning in a season.
BEST MOMENT OF YEAR: Being the first NFC quarterback since 2003 to go into Pittsburgh and defeat the Steelers, 21-14.
WORST MOMENT OF YEAR: Seeing his star wideout shoot himself—and the season.
Man, check out this 2004 draft class, huh?
First Rivers, then Manning, now Big Ben?
While I think all three of them are very hard to pick one from the other, I'm putting Ben on top because of his chance to win two Super Bowl rings (and hopefully make up for the awful performance he had in his first Super Bowl).
He might stand in the pocket for a little longer than most people would like, but he never goes down easy, and has a rocket launcher for an arm.
He's pretty accurate, too.
If Pittsburgh wins the Super Bowl, I'll probably move him up, but if he has another bad performance doing it, I might even drop him. But, right now, he's No. 4.
BEST MOMENT OF YEAR: Could be coming next Sunday, but right now, it has to be coming back from the concussion he suffered in Week 17, and shredding the Chargers in the playoffs.
WORST MOMENT(S) OF YEAR: Could be coming next Sunday as well, but it would be his performances against Philly and the Giants earlier in the season. Awful.
His situation is similar to Matt Hasselbeck's. Injured early in the season, season goes down the drain right?
Apparently, Bill Belichick is a genius. So what does he do to prove it?
Starts Matt Cassel, someone who has not started a game since high school, and helps the injury-riddled Patriots to an 11-5 season, only to miss the playoffs.
Don't get me wrong—Tom Brady is one of the best in the league, but now he just isn't No. 1 anymore. It has been proven that even if he can not play, his team does well without him.
Still, he makes the Patriots a better team all around.
WORST MOMENT OF YEAR: Tearing his ACL and MCL in Week 1, ending his season.
Which leads to....
BEST MOMENT OF YEAR: Spending some quality time with Gisele Bundchen.
Nevermind the fact that he is 37 years old and is going to the Super Bowl for the third time in his career.
Nevermind the fact that he is a future-Hall-of-Famer.
Neverind the fact that he was kicked out of St. Louis and New York when they thought he was washed up, and managed to win the starter's role in front of the supposed future face of a franchise, Matt Leinart.
No. He is leading the Arizona Cardinals to the Super Bowl.
BEST MOMENT OF YEAR: Leading a game-winning drive in the NFC title game/could be a Super Bowl champion again.
WORST MOMENT OF YEAR: That late-season slump.
I had a tough time picking between Peyton and Kurt, but in the end, Peyton Manning has the MVP award this season, for turning around a dead year at
The Colts looked like they weren't going to make the playoffs. But Manning soared in a nine-game winning streak, and helped his team to lock up a five seed—only to lose to San Diego, again.
We saw that when he was injured, the Colts are not good.
With him healthy, they play like champions.
Sure, Peyton didn't want an early exit (again), but he is now the best, because of what he makes the Colts: a winning franchise.
BEST MOMENT OF YEAR: His MVP season.
WORST MOMENT OF YEAR: Another playoff letdown.