This article is going to be on the top five quarterbacks in the NFC. This is not going to be based on playoff wins or Super Bowl rings simply because it takes a team to win a super bowl and not just the quarterback. This will be probably a very debating task and it took me time to finish this list. I have went back and fourth looking at the statistics and I have come up with my top five. I feel comfortable with naming the best in the NFC. Feel free to comment.
Aaron Rodgers is fifth on my list for NFC quarterbacks. Many won't bring him up simply because the Packers had a losing record. But truthfully, that was on the defense. Aaron Rogers completed 341 passes out of 536 attempts for 4,038 yards, 28 passing touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Look for Rodgers to do even better next year with a whole year of starting under his belt. Rodgers is a tough guy who battled through some shoulder injuries last year so expect even more. I'm watching him.
Eli Manning is fourth on my list. In 2008, Eli Manning and the Giants got off to a great start. The 10-1 Giants lost their best weapon in Plaxico and Eli Manning's numbers went down. Some might say Eli needs Plax, but I feel that the Giants' receivers had many dropped passes. Eli completed 289 passes out of 479 attempts for 3,238 yards, 21 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Manning can put up pretty solid numbers and I look for him to do better next year. I can not wait to see the Eli Manning to Hakeem Nicks connection.
The man I consider father time, Warner once again comes out of nowhere and puts up a Pro Bowl season. In 2008, Warner beat out first round pick Matt Leinart for the starting job under center. Warner took the Cardinals to the Super Bowl. Many might argue that Warner has the best receiving corps in the game with three 1,000 yard receivers. In 2009, Warner recorded 401 completions out of 598 attempts with 4,583, 30 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Although I do think Warners numbers could slip next year due to his age, I still see him in the top five NFC quarterbacks in 2009.
"Super Five" is my second rated quarterback in the NFC. Donovan McNabb is one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL, let alone the NFC. Donovan McNabb has only had one great receiver and that was Terrell Owens. Mcnabb is known for over-throwing the ball sometimes. But do not forget this is a quarterback who throws the ball so hard sometimes, his receivers just simply can not hold on. In 2008, McNabb recorded 345 completions out of 571 attempts for 3,916 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. McNabb beat out Warner for the number two spot, not just for his passing skills, but also for the fact that Warner has better receivers than McNabb, who can get it done on the ground. Mcnabb's numbers should be a lot better in 2009 than in 2008 simply because all of his receivers will be healthy. Watch out for the McNabb and Maclin connection.
Do you feel the Brees? Drew Brees carried the number one offense last year. Although Brees missed the playoffs, it really did not have anything to do with him. Brees had many of his weapons injured last season and I expect even better numbers from him in 2009. Brees recorded 413 completions out of 635 attempts for 5,069 yards, 34 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions. Brees is only the second quarterback in the history of the NFL to pass 5,000 passing yards. Brees is in the top three of the elite quarterbacks and, honestly, I have him ahead of Tom Brady.