NFC East Player Power Rankings: Quarterback Edition

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistJuly 9, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 01:   Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys and  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants greet each other after their game at MetLife Stadium on January 1, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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We kick off our July positional player power rankings with the most important position in football.

If you're a regular reader, there isn't much to see here. No surprises. But if you're new to the blog, you might be startled to see that a certain two-time Super Bowl MVP is not in the top slot. Deal with it however you'd like.


1. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

I'm sorry, but I just don't believe that single players win Super Bowls or playoff games. I'm happy to give Eli Manning some extra credit for the Giants' success, and his play in the clutch deserves serious praise. But I still think Romo is a better overall football player, and I think the evidence is in the statistics


2. Eli Manning, New York Giants

I still believe Manning is one of the top five or six quarterbacks in the game. But I think he makes too many mistakes and isn't consistent enough to be ranked ahead of Romo. I will also say that the two are neck-and-neck. I've never tried to argue that Romo is significantly better than Eli.


3. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles

One year ago, I undoubtedly would've had Vick ahead of both Romo and Manning, but he struggled too often and too acutely in 2011. He's still obviously a better athlete than either of those guys, but you can't throw that many picks, miss that much time and also come up lame in big moments the way Vick did last season. Very disappointing—and now I have no idea what to expect from him in 2012.


4. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

The only question is how long it'll take for RG3 to bust out of the No. 4 spot. Is there any way he does it by next summer? I can't see him being ranked ahead of the top two guys, but the rookie might be able to put up a fight against Vick if the veteran struggles again in 2012.


Man, this is a fun division for quarterbacks. The Romo-Eli debate is one of the best in football, and Vick is obviously a lightning rod on and off the field. Throw in the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, and you've got craziness under center throughout the NFC East.