Are Joe Flacco, Tony Romo and Matt Ryan Elite NFL Quarterbacks?

Michael SchotteyNFL National Lead WriterOctober 18, 2012

Everyone knows the elite quarterbacks in the NFL. Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers top the list, and Eli Manning has joined them with another Super Bowl victory. Very few NFL fans, if any, debate those names in the NFL's upper echelon.

Who's next?

Guys like Tony Romo, Michael Vick and Carson Palmer have flirted with elite status in the past, but are they capable of putting their teams on their respective backs and delivering in the clutch? 

What about the next crop? Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan exploded out of the gate as rookies but had some lean years before this season's ascent.

Check out my thoughts on the next level of NFL quarterbacks in the video above, and leave me your thoughts in the comments below.