The midway point of the NFL season is upon us, which means we should have a pretty good idea of what to expect from each team and the quarterback who leads it. With that said, several signal-callers have continued to improve upon their situation this season, while others must painfully serve as fodder for the rest of the league.
There are some new faces entering the fray this week, and we must sadly say goodbye to several QBs who have either been knocked out with injury or benched for stinking up the place. One thing’s becoming clear as the year rolls along: If a quarterback hangs around the bottom of this list for too long, he eventually ends up being either replaced or released from his respective team.
For these rankings, every current starting quarterback in the NFL will be considered and valued through numerous categories, each weighted differently as the season progresses.
Each week, I factor in several key attributes for the quarterback position, such as intelligence, arm strength, accuracy, athleticism and leadership.
Wins will also give quarterbacks a slight boost in addition to his individual performances. The statistics used come exclusively from ESPN.com, NFL.com and Pro Football Focus (subscription required) unless stated otherwise. Personal observation and opinion will play a key role as well.
In the end, the essence of a power ranking with regard to quarterbacks really come down to this question: If I needed to win one game, who would I want as my quarterback?
Note: Total QBR is a scoring system that assesses everything a quarterback does on the field. It can be explained further via ESPN by clicking the link above.